Friday, November 30, 2012

Broadway Impress Nails Review



When I was sent these Broadway Impress nails in "Space Cadet" to review courtesy of Influenster, I was excited, but skeptical at the same time. I've never worn fake nails or gotten acrylics, as I have always thought they were immature and could damage your nails. However, I liked the design of these nails and heard they weren't damaging, so I was ready to give these a shot.

These nails were super easy to apply. After you remove your old polish, you use the included prep pad to prepare your nails for the press-ons. Then, they instruct you to take out all the nails, and match them up to your nails. The container contains 24 different nails in 12 different sizes, and all of the nails are numbered on the back so you can easily match them up. This ensures that you will get at least one perfect manicure. Once you have your 10 nails lined up, all you have to do is remove the clear backing, and press the nail onto your nail for a couple of seconds. How easy it that?  No glue, no waiting around for nails to dry - nothing!

I really wanted to trim my nails after I applied them, just because long nails don't look natural on my hands. The package recommended that I wait at least 30 minutes before trimming, and then you should have no problem with shaping your nails how you like them. The above photos are how my nails looked after I cut and filed them.

I lost my first nail (my index) on Tuesday, about two days after I applied the nails. As I had only had them on for two days, I applied another nail, and though nothing of it. Later that night, the same nail fell off again. At that point, I was just like "well, I'm just going to take them all off then." The company claims that they should last for at least seven days, and I completely believe them. I used my nails while ripping opening packages at work, typing on the computer, cooking, cleaning, etc, and had no problems other than with my index finger. I truly believe they would have lasted the full seven days had I not picked the rest off. The adhesive was really strong, but not strong enough to damage my nails when I took them off.

Overall, I really like this product! Do I think I'm going to stop my nails weekly and switch to this? No, not really. It's just more cost efficient to do my own nails. However, for a special occasion or a once in awhile treat? Absolutely. The nails come in over 30 designs, so they would be perfect for a wedding, a party, or any of the holiday festivities coming up!

So what do you guys think? Would you ever try these nails?

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

#PaleProblems



Shirt: Forever 21
Pants: Delia*s Warehouse Sale
Shoes: Minnetonka
Earrings: gift

Every year when winter rolls around, I am so tempted to pull out anything cream colored in my wardrobe and wear it everywhere. Yet, then I take photos like these, and am reminded exactly of the reason why I can't wear cream - I'm too pale! Paired with oxblood, black, teal or basically any other color in the rainbow, you've got a beautiful combination. Cream blouse on pale girl? Not so good.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A week in Instagram





As always, here's my week in Instagram.

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1. Crazy gorgeous sunset over the mall.

2. For a moment, I couldn't believe I was going to the grocery store in my pajamas. Then I remembered, I used to do this in college all the time!

3. I needed a full dinner plate for all my desserts! Apple, pecan, and pumpkin pie and sorbet! Major fatty right here.

4. Chilling in the car wash.

5. A tangled pile of Christmas lights.

6. Casually reading a picture book about D.C on the floor of Barnes and Noble.

7. 'Tis the season for gingerbread pinkberry with gingerbread crumbs, caramel sauce, and white chocolate crisps!

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Winning Combinations



Shirt: Theory
Camisole: Calvin Klein
Skirt: J. Crew
Shoes: Lucky Brand
Necklace: Charter Club
Bag: Kate Spade
Socks: Macy*s

After the relaxing long weekend, I was ready to get back to work! Okay, I think I can count on one hand how many times I have said that in my life. But really though, I was! I was so excited, I spent a decent amount of time getting ready. I leisurely browsed my closet (because I woke up with plenty of time to spare),  spent an extra 10 minutes in the shower, and played with my eye make-up.

When I finally decided what to wear, I knew it was going to be one of my favorite new combinations. Typically when I wear this basic button-down, I pair it with navy or black. It always works, but it's not unexpected or different. But trying pairing pale blue with Pantone's color of the year, tangerine tango. Then you have a pairing that pops! It's fresh, new, and 100 percent more exciting than my standard matching. To avoid going too overboard, I finished off with some basic brown accessories and a string of pearls. In the end, I had a look that was perfect me - preppy with a twist. 
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Monday, November 26, 2012

College VoxBox


Here's my video showing what I got in my college VoxBox from Influenster. Important things to note:

1. I look like crap in this video. Please excuse my hawt Friday night wear.

2. I didn't mean to flip everyone off while pointing to my waterline! I didn't even notice until I was watching over this video.

3. I almost had a heart attack in the making of this video. I am lucky I made it out alive!

4. My room literally has the worst lighting as night.

5. Also, I got really confused in the last five seconds. No idea what was going on there.

As promised, here is the link for Influenster. You can either apply to be on the waiting list, or leave me your e-mail so I can send you an invite.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Babysitter Interview



Shirt: American Eagle
Necklace: Lilly Pulitzer
Shoes: Minnetonka 
Pants: Mavi
Bag: Coach
Belt: Gap

So you thought I had a real job, right? That should mean that I shouldn't need to nanny or babysit anymore. Unfortunately, that's not quite the case. First of all, my current job is only temporary. Although there is a chance I may be hired permanently after my temporary term, there's also a chance that I will not. So, I'm trying to add any extra to the bank that I can for the time being. Hence, why I'm interviewing for more babysitting jobs. 

Since my last post on what to wear for a babysitting interview was fairly popular, I thought I would show another example of something appropriate for a laid-back interview. I started with the striped 3/4 sleeve tee and went from there. Normally, I would pair this shirt with khackis or jeans, but I decided to try something different with the cargo colored jeans, and I'm glad I did! To tie the whole ensemble together, I added brown accessories: moccasins, a bag, and a leather belt.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

First Day of Work!



Cardigan: Anne Klein
Camisole: Gap
Pants: The Limited
Shoes: Jessica Simpson
Necklace: Kate Spade
Bag: Juicy Couture

On Monday, I had my first official day of work! Although the dress code in the office is pretty casual, I almost always want to get dressed-up. Plus, you know the saying "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have?" It's definitely one of my personal motto's. However, it gives me the flexibility to dress down if I am not feeling well, or if weather is really crappy.

I started with these new heather gray trousers I got from The Limited. I don't have many pairs of dress pants because I typically prefer dresses, but when I saw these for on clearance for $20, I couldn't resist! Plus, they didn't require alterations and perfectly brush the tops of my heels. Which let me tell you, never happens. I paired them with my favorite cashmere cardigan, my pink leather bowler bag, and some colorful baubles. Hopefully despite the casual dress code, I can manage to stay inspired!
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A week in Instagram






As usual, here's what my life has looked like in the past week. 

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1. It's girl scout cookie season. My personal favorite? Tagalongs.

2. Last week, my friend Courtney and I went to check out in Honey Pig in Ellicot City. You get to cook your dinner at the table, which is awesome! Oh, and it's open 24 hours.

3. Sporting my new favorite fall lipstick, Revlon's Black Cherry. I added an extra touch of shine with Philosophy's Caramel Apple lipgloss.

4. Raking leaves is a surprisingly peaceful way to start Saturday morning.

5. Nothing gets me motivated to get out of bed better than an apple cinnamon filled doughnut from Dunkin Donuts.

6. These are the two dogs of the people I use to nanny for. They are outdoor dogs, so they don't spend much time inside. But how miserable do they look? I felt terrible!

7. Friday was my last day as a full-time nanny. I never thought I would say this, but I am going to really miss spending every morning and afternoon five days a week with them!

8. Looking up at King of Prussia mall. Seriously, heaven.

9. I got my first VoxBox from Influenster! Look for more to come about this box within a week or so.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Andes Surprise Cookies


For all of my friend's birthdays, I always like to make a sweet treat. Not only is it a little thing that my friends always look forward to, it gives me more practice in the kitchen! For my friend Bridgitte's birthday I decided to make these Andes surprise cookies. She loves mint, and they are pretty easy to make. Plus with the holidays just around the corner, this would be a fun dessert to bring along! It's something different than pumpkin and apple flavors that become omnipresent.

I found after refrigerating the dough, it was extremely sticky. Like a little better than a cake batter consistency. I added at least an extra cup or so of flour, which helped significantly. Just a word of caution when making these cookies! Anyway, below is the recipe I used.

Ingredients
-1 cup butter, softened
-1 cup sugar
-1/2 cup packed brown sugar
-2 eggs
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-3 cups all purpose flour (as mentioned, I used at least 4)
-1 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp of salt
-2 bags of mint Andes cookies

1. In a bowl, cream butter and both sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating well. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt, gradually adding to the creamed mixture. Refridgerate for two hours or until easy to handle.

2. With floured hands, shape a tablespoon of dough around 42 candies, forming rectangular cookies. Place on greased cookie sheets.

3. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. In a microwave or saucepan, melt the remaining candies, and drizzle over cookies.

This recipe is supposed to yield 3 1/2 dozen. It made maybe two dozen. The cookies were still delicious, they just didn't make as many as I thought there would be! Pin It

Friday, November 16, 2012

Leather and Sequins



Jacket: Romeo and Juliet Couture
Shirt: J. Crew
Skirt: I.N.C
Shoes: Maria Sharapova for Cole Haan
Necklace: Lilly Pulitzer

I don't go out much, so whenever I do I like to dress up. Okay let's be honest, I am too dressed up about 97 percent of the time. When I'm going out though, I have an excuse. If anyone were to ask me why I was so dressed up, I can actually say, "Oh, I'm going out." As opposed to my typical response; "I like getting dressed up."

On this particular occasion, I was going out for a good friend's birthday in our college town. Thankfully, the weather cooperated, and I was able to pull off a mini skirt in the middle of November without freezing to death. Just in case, I also brought along with me my new favorite jacket. Not only could it double as an extra layer to combat the potential cold weather, it makes me look a lot cooler than I really am. It was a necessity.  

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Black Cherry



Jacket: Romeo and Juliet Couture
Shirt: J. Crew
Skirt: Kenneth Cole Reaction
Shoes: Nine West

When I found this leather motorcycle jacket last summer on the clearance rack, I never imagined what a staple it would become in my wardrobe. After I bought it, I think I wore it once last year. Now, within the past couple of weeks, I have probably worn it about six or seven times. 

On this occasion, I was headed out to dinner with my family to celebrate my new job. In the end, I ended up wearing a bunch of things that I have never worn before. Among those items was my new berry colored lipstick, which I had previously been too afraid to try out. Somehow, everything kind of came together. And other than wobbling around on my four inch heels, I love how this turned out.  

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Liquid Leather



Top: Delia*s Warehouse  Sale
Leggings: Kirna Zabete for Target
Shoes: Minnetonka
Earrings: gift

I don't remember the first time I realized I hated leggings. I can imagine it was probably around the time that I noticed girls on college campuses decided leggings and UGGs were an acceptable substitute for pants and winter boots. I  remember always complaining to my good friend at school (herself a legging lover), how leggings were not pants. Ever. Wear them under a dress? I don't really care. But no one does that. Which just made me hate them more.

Fast forward about four years into the present day. I'm wondering around Target, trying to stick to my list, when I somehow find myself in the clearance section of the clothing department. I find that the clearance section can be pretty hit or miss, but on occasion I have found a nice gem. Like these. I saw them just hanging sadly off their hanger, and just had to touch them. Before you know it, I had thrown them in the cart and was heading into the dressing room. A couple of minutes later, I was heading to the check out lane, new liquid leather leggings in my hand. I never thought I would see the day (no, seriously).

I knew all along why everyone loved wearing leggings."They're so comfortable," people always said. Well news flash - just because something is comfortable doesn't mean it's always an acceptable fashion choice. But this time, I'll cave. Just this once. I don't know if I am ever going to buy a pair of leggings again, but at least now I can *kind of* understand the hype. 

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Weekend Wear



T-Shirt: TJ Maxx
Pants: Michael Kors
Shoes: Minnetonka
Bag: Lonchamp
Earrings: Nordstrom Rack

After a long week, all I ever want to do over the weekend is lay around, watch movies, and read. For strenuous activities such as these, I usually wear Juicy sweats and race t-shirts. However, whenever I dress like that, it's guaranteed one of  my friends ends up inviting me out somewhere and then I don't feel like getting changed! Could I be more lazy? I think not.

So this has become my weekend uniform - 3/4 sleeve tee, dark skinny jeans, and my fringe boots. Nothing special or original by any means, but comfy and presentable enough to leave the house at a moments notice. Works for me!

P.S - Sorry for the delay in this post! I lost Internet from Saturday until today, and I couldn't be happier to be apart of the 21st century again! Pin It

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bare to Be Different and Looks Like Rain Deer



With the holiday season just weeks away, I couldn't resist breaking out full-on glitter for this weeks manicure. I started with "Bare to Be Different" from the Sephora by OPI holiday (2011) collection. I wanted the shimmery gold glitter to have full coverage, so I thought it would help to start with a simple nude underneath.

The gold I decided to use is "Looks Like Rain Deer", also from the Sephora by OPI holiday collection. I love that this glitter actually isn't super flashy. It's very pretty and soft looking. Personally, I love how it looked with just two coats over the pale pink. Then for whatever reason, I decided to go with the third coat and ended up with this. Still pretty, but not as champagne colored as the second coat. 

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Running on Short Notice



Suit: BCBG Max Azria
Shirt: BCBG Max Azria
Shoes: Lauren Ralph Lauren
Earrings: gift

Last Friday, I was given three hours notice for an interview. When I received the call that someone wanted me to come in that day, I was shopping at Target, wearing sweats, and hadn't even showered yet. Plus, I was still a half-hour from home. Induce panic mode. On the Myers Briggs scale of things, I'm a ESFJ. Now the key letter there is the J. That J stands for judging, but it really means I'm a planner. I like schedule, routine, and having time to prepare for everything. I would never go into a meeting without a plan, and I would never schedule a spontaneous anything. So maybe you can see how three hours notice might induce panic for me.

Then, I got an e-mail that I needed to wear a suit. Okay, commence major freak out. I don't own a suit, but thankfully my mom has plenty. After trying on a ton of different ones that were either too short or too tight, I settled on this simple gray ensemble, last seen here.

But in the end, sometimes all the crazy running around and freaking out is actually worth it. I had a great feeling about the interview, and just three days later I received an  offer. Although it's only a temporary position and it doesn't require extreme skill, it's still promising. Unlike most recent grads, I am willing to do the grunt work and get my hands dirty to make my way to the top. Pin It

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

How to: Blessing Bag


When I saw this pin on Pinterest, I was inspired. Now, this isn't the first time I have been inspired by something I have seen on Pinterest. In fact, I have had many posts inspired by outfits I had seen first on Pinterest. However, this was the first time a pin inspired me to take immediate action. I can't really explain why, but it did.

Have you ever seen a homeless person begging on the side of street while you were waiting at a traffic light? In my hometown, I am very fortunate that I almost never see homeless people in my community. However, commuting between the Baltimore and D.C. area frequently exposes me to the large homeless population. For the most part, I feel nothing but uncomfortable. If I am in the car, I lock the door, stare straight ahead, and hope that the homeless person does not come up to my window. I have always been skeptical about giving away my money because I fear they will use the money for drugs or alcohol, or they aren't truly in need. Plus, I almost never have cash on me. But, I know that many of these people need help.

Entering the blessing bag. Filled with pre-packaged snacks and toiletries, this bag can go a long way to help someone stay nourished and clean. In addition, I have a better piece of mind knowing that my money was actually used to help feed someone and keep them clean - not for drugs or alcohol.

Blessing bags are really very simple to make. Here's what I used to make mine:

-gallon Ziplock bag
-juice box
-apple sauce
-fruit cup
-animal crackers
-cereal bars
-sandwich crackers
-chapstick
-mints
-toothpaste
-baby wipes
-toothbrush
-floss

I also included a note that said "Together we can change the world one good deed at a time. Pay it forward."

Other things that you could add include socks, a $5 restaurant gift card (McDonalds, Starbucks), deodorant,  tissues, etc.

I read quite a bit about things to include and not include in blessing bags. For instance, you don't want to add mouthwash because of the alcohol. In addition, a lot of people discourage adding hard food like cereal bars because homeless often have brittle and soft teeth. However, I opted to add some foods that were crunchy because I think they are more substantial. In addition, people discourage gum because it doesn't eliminate bad breath, it helps it permeate. So, I chose mints which can be sucked on. I also read that it's better to pack baby wipes for cleansing. That way if someone doesn't have access to a shower, they can easily clean themselves off. In the end, how you decided to make your bag is your personal choice; this is just how I decided to make mine.

I tried to buy items that came in a pack of six, that way I could easily make six bags. Now that I have finished the bags, I keep one in my glove compartment so I can always have one on hand to give out if I am ever sitting at a stop light. The rest I keep in a box in my trunk so I can replenish as needed.

I hope this post inspired someone like it inspired me. After I saw the original post, I went out the next day to get the supplies I would need from Target. That's how inspired I was. Plus, blessing bags are so easy to make, and are surefire way to know how your money is being used. 

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A week in Instagram






Happy Tuesday! As usual, here is my week in Instagram. 

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1. Enjoying one of the last days of warm weather by stretching out in the grass and going bare foot.

2. Looking up to a beautiful blue sky.

3. Last Saturday, I ran two 5k's in one day. Let me repeat: never again.

4. I stocked up for Hurricane Sandy with POP! gourmet popcorn. You can find it at TJ Maxx for about $2-3 a bag. It's highly addictive, and delicious.

5. I was very fortunate to only lose power for a couple of hours during the storm. Plus, it was light out! Yet, I still couldn't resist lighting several aromatic candles. It makes my room smell like Christmas!

6. As a result of having nothing to do during Hurricane Sandy, I wrapped Christmas presents. I am excited to have so many gifts ahead of time!

7. I love the way the banisters added shadow to the crack of light coming out of a spare room.

8. Every October, I always watch the Nightmare Before Christmas. I ended up watching it on Halloween this year.

9. I still add stickers to cards I send out. Yup, that's a Disney princess sticker. I am six years old.

10. The best part about going to a diner? Dessert. This time, I ordered pecan pie, and was delighted to have it come out still warm. Yum!


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