5 More Nail Designs!

Last Friday I shared 6 of my manicures from the last few months and this Friday I’m sharing the other 5. I didn’t want to bombard you with all of them at once! :) And I just got the cutest manicure tonight which you’ll see really soon if you follow me on instagram. Sorry for my not so stellar iphone photography skillz! nail12 nailIn the photo above, I used Essie Romper Room with a mix of the glitters, Ignite the Night and Carnival .

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My favorite blue polishes are Essie Bikini So Teeny, Essie Lapis of Luxury, and Essie Where’s My Chauffeur nail4

The purply gray above is Zoya Caitlin and the sparkly polish is Essie Jazzy Jubilant.image1This gorgeous shimmery navy is Zoya Dream. The heart ring is thanks to JCL Designs Jewelry.

 

Work Appropriate

My work wardrobe is usually pretty relaxed as the “dress code” is pretty casual. But once in a while I’ll throw on a blazer when I have a big meeting or I want to look a bit more professional. It’s amazing what a well-fitted blazer can do for your confidence!

I love sharing my affordable jewelry finds with you so I’m really excited to introduce you to Metal Marvels! With most prices being between $10-$20 and a fun range of colorful statement jewelry to more delicate minimal pieces, there is something for everyone. I’m currently loving the purple druzy pendant, the fun glam candy bracelets in an amazing color range, the zig zag bangles, and the delicate simply sweet ring. Metal Marvels also has gorgeous headbands and fun accessories like the heart print scarf and sunglasses for $12. I’m wearing the stone layered necklace here and I love how it pulls my whole outfit together!
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Photos by Brittanny Taylor; check out her FB page here!

Metal Marvels stone pendant necklace c/o, Ann Taylor jacket (mine is sold out, linked to similar) or faux leather lapel ponte blazer, Ann Taylor side zip crepe skirt, similar Ash booties or Michael Kors ankle boot, similar Rebecca Minkoff avery tote, Manna Kadar lip locked in “Manna Babe” c/o

The Winter Coat You Need

Besides for the down puffer coat (I currently own this one) that is absolutely needed for a New York winter (remember this one?), it’s always nice to have a second coat that’s a bit more dressy or a fun statement piece (like the one I wore here).This wool ombre coat is currently on sale and I love the slightly oversized fit and the cool ombre print.

If you’re wondering about the gorgeous jewelry I’m wearing in this post, it’s all from Leslie Francesca. Leslie Francesca is a talented jewelry designer from Berkeley, California and she has an Etsy shop filled with beautiful jewels. Some of my favorite pieces from her shop include the opal state necklace, druzy tear drop earrings, star and moon druzy studs, and triangle double druzy ring.

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Photos by Brittanny Taylor; check out her FB page here!

Ann Taylor Ombre Plaid Coat on sale. similar Topshop pleat midi skirt, Pixie Marker leather midi skirt or Rebecca Taylor pleated faux leather skirt.similar Ash ankle bootie, Michael Kors stud heel ankle boot, Lucky Brand ankle boots (only $55) or Whistles side zip block boot. Leslie Francesca triangle double druzy ring c/o, natural druzy tear drop earrings, and necklace, c/o- sold out.


6 Fun Nail Art Ideas!

It has been a looooong time since I shared my nail art with you (I do it regularly on instagram though so make sure you’re following along ;) ) so I thought I would do a fun roundup of some of my favorite manicures the last few months. No, I did NOT do these myself; they were done professionally! I wish I had the skills but I don’t… not even a little, tiny bit. And please excuse the beat up cuticles and cell phone photography.

I am always looking for a fast drying top coat and after trying out quite a few, my favorite is Essie Good To Go with my second favorite being Out The Door. I know that so many people find Seche Vite to be amazing but I can’t stand the shrinkage that happens when I use it even if it does dry incredibly fast. And for base coats, my three favorites are OPI Nail Envy, Orly Bonder (makes those manicures last!), and Duri Rejuvacote. Scroll to the bottom of the post and disable your ad block to see some of my favorite nail colors and nail care products.nail11 FullSizeRender nail12 nail17 nail15 image3 image2 nail9


Champagne and PJs (+ Answering Fun Questions)

My house is freezing all winter (we have an old, crappy heating system) so cozy pajamas are an absolute must for me! And a soft, oversized sweater that discusses my love for champagne is obviously on my must-have list as it should be on yours. Because, champagne.

After reading the responses from Hallie and Rebecca answering some fun questions from this article, I thought it would be fun to answer some of my own! Keep scrolling to get to know me a bit better and I’d love to hear your responses in the comment section (or maybe a link to your blog post where you answer some of these questions). :)
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Would you like to be famous? In what way? That’s a tough question because I would like to be a well-known blogger and successful therapist (and to perhaps write a book in the future) so I guess I’d like to be somewhat “famous” as that often brings more success and opportunities; however, I wouldn’t want to be “celebrity famous” and have no privacy/have my life picked apart. But there’s only so much control I have over that so I think it’s more important to focus on doing my best with every opportunity I have… and what will be, will be.

Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why? Not really, probably due to pure laziness because rehearsing seems like too much effort. I mean, maybe if it’s a conversation where I need to confront someone, I might talk it through with a friend first but that is a rare occurrence.

When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else? In the shower. Always! :) As for singing to someone else…. probably my 1 year old sister!

For what in your life do you feel most grateful? My family and friends in my life, truly. And my career as a therapist as I find my clients to be so brave and resilient and it’s a real honor to be part of their growth.

If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be? I just started taking yoga classes a couple months ago so it would be pretty sweet to be able to do some of the crazy poses and balances I’ve been seeing!

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What is the greatest accomplishment of your life? Completing my master’s degree in social work for sure. The people that know me well in my personal life understand on a deeper level why it was such an accomplishment.

What do you value most in a friendship? Genuinity (is that a word?) is incredibly important to me. Other things I appreciate are loyalty, a sense of humor, compassion and being non-judgmental.

What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about? Eating disorders. My friend died from bulimia in her young 20’s and it’s not a game or something to aspire toward. I hear people say that they wished they were anorexic for a day but in my opinion, it’s like wishing you had cancer for a day. It isn’t a joke; it’s a deadly and life threatening illness.

Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Ah, can’t lie, it would have to be my phone!

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Photos by Brittanny Taylor; check out her FB page here!

Similar champagne campaign sweatshirt (save champagne campaign sweatshirt) or pop the champagne sweatshirt or champagne kisses pullover, similar fair isle sweater leggings,  fair isle leggings , Jack Wills lincombe legging, Hanes thermal bottoms, J.Crew shearling slippers


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