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Mani Monday: Spring 2012 Collections

This Saturday I will be attending America’s Beauty Show at the McCormick Place with my sis and we cannot wait!  Considering this will be our third time attending the show- we’ve come up with a game plan on the booths that we must visit.  Essie is usually the first booth we hit up so that we can get the latest colors.  OPI is the second booth- but since it’s usually a 3rd party wholesaler, they don’t always have the new colors- or the greatest selection.  Regardless- things could get pretty out of control (how not with 5 for $20 Essie??) so I had to do some research on what colors I truly need.  Come back next Monday to see what I picked up!

Here’s the new Essie Spring 2012 collection:

The collection is pretty on point with the Spring 2012 Fashion Color Trends from Pantone.  I think I’ll definitely be picking up Navigate Her, Tour de Finance, Ole Caliente, and Orange, it’s Obvious.  I can’t wait to start wearing brights again!

Here is the OPI Holland Collection for spring 2012:

The collection is pretty random and doesn’t exactly scream Spring! to me, however, there are a few colors I might pick up.  I think if I get any it would be Dutch Ya Just Love OPI?, Kiss Me on My Tulips, Red Lights Ahead…Where?, and  A Roll in the Hague.  Tulips, Red Lights and Roll in the Hague look very similar to the Essie colors Ole Caliente and Orange, It’s Obvious, so I’ll probably get whichever look better in person- or the formula I like most- which is usually Essie.

What colors do you like?

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Sporty Sunday: True Colors

Once in a while the ladies want to be sports fans and support our team without covering ourselves with our teams logo, especially considering the lack of options for attractive apparel for women.  Over the years I’ve accumulated a number of pieces in my team’s colors (many of them  cheaper and more fun than a team t-shirt or jersey) that could be worn on game day as well as any other day of the week.  Since it is football season, I’ll show you some things to add to your shopping list to help you back the Pack-or whatever team you support, but I’ll be showing you the examples in green and gold.  We start the outfit with a simple grey shirt and then add the team colors to complete the look and you can add as little or as much color as you’d like!  Then top it off with a fabulous manicure and you are good to go!

Top row from left to right: Obey Rugby Dolman Top $37, American Apparel California Zip Hoody in Kelly Green and Gold $38, Hollywood Solid Pashmina Scarf in Green and Gold $8.99, Topshop Moto Supersoft Green Leigh Jeans $76, Blank NYC Cropped Skinny Jeans $62, Bottom row left to right: Hunter Wellington Boots in Yellow, Asos Rectangular Stud Earrings $10.98, Asos Resin Bangle Bracelet $14.64, Hunter Wellington Boots in Green , Bauble Bar Yellow Twist Band $30, Asos Raised Cocktail Ring $18.30, Essie Nail Polish in Going Incognito and Shifting Power $8, Leather Bangles Green with Gold $24

Wedding Wednesday: Inspiration Overload

For the most part, I’m a pretty creative person.  All it takes is a little inspiration for an idea and I find a way to make it truly my own.  Planning this wedding is no exception to this- especially since this special day should be your own- a day belonging to the bride and groom celebrate their marriage in a way that’s unique to them.  Since we essentially have 13 months to go I’ve been busy gathering inspiration and ideas from as many resources as I can (books, magazines, wedding shows on TLC, etc).  However, there is one resource in particular where I’ve found most of my inspiration- wedding blogs.  There are some super-creative brides out there who have orchestrated very chic and stylish weddings-which is just what I’m looking for.  No cookie-cutter wedding for me!  Luckily these blogs have put it out there for the rest of us to see.  Here are just a few of the blogs I frequent often:

Style Me Pretty is a comprehensive site featuring everything you could ever need including real weddings, vendor guides, DIY projects, wedding inspiration, and even a fashion look book.  They even summarize the year with an online magazine featuring the best of the best.

100 Layer Cake is a blog that helps ‘crafting your wedding layer by layer’.  It is similar to Style Me Pretty in that it features real wedding inspiration, DIY resources, and vendors and venues.  What’s great about this site is that it has a Marketplace where brides can buy and sell pieces for their wedding and even make requests for vendor related items and then vendors can bid for their services.

Brooklyn Bride is a blog for ‘planning a modern wedding in a world of pink flowers and poofy dresses’.  It features a number of galleries covering everything from DIY’s, wedding flowers, food, fashion, groomsmen,etc and within each gallery you search by color.  They also feature a ton of links to various other wedding resources, inspiration, and even some links to blogs centered around the groom (I know- I’m surprised they exist also).

There are so many blogs and websites out there that are dedicated to helping make your day unique that it can definitely be overwhelming.  I’ve learned that sticking to just a few blogs is all I need as I’ve already found tons of great ideas.  I remember heading to Borders right after my sis got engaged to pick out some wedding planning books to send to her and thinking ‘gosh I can’t wait to visit this section for my self’.  Since that I’ve discovered these blogs- I haven’t given the book store a second thought!  Now go and check them out!

Mani Monday: Falling for these Fall Nail Polish Trends

As the weather starts to turn, you can’t help but think about fall.  It’s pretty much time to pack up the summer brights and neons in your nail polish wardrobe (along with shorts and sundresses) and time to make that transition to fall colors (and sweaters and boots!).  I don’t know if it’s the cool crispness in the air or the wind and sometimes gloomy days of late, but fall has me thinking much more about cool blues, smokey greys, rich greens, and metallics then the usual berry hues of fall.  It’s no longer unconventional to see nails painted in every color of the rainbow as opposed to the familiar red, burgundy, and nude.  Here are some of my top picks for fall that focus more on the ‘GBIV’ side of the rainbow (sorry ROY!).Colors left to right: Chanel Peridot, Sephora for OPI Fig Leaf, Zoya Yara, Essie Power Clutch, and Butter London WallisColors left to right: Zoya Tao, OPI French Quarter for your Thoughts, Deborah Lippman Stormy Weather, Chanel Graphite, OPI My Private Jet

Colors from left to right: Chanel Quartz, OPI Glitzerland, Essie Case Study, Deborah Lippman Boom Boom Pow, Essie MochachinoColors from left to right: OPI Roadhouse Blues, Zoya Cynthia, Deborah Lippmann Lady Sings the Blues, OPI Ski Teal we Drop, Deborah Lipman Don’t tell Mama

What colors will you be rocking on your fingertips this fall?

Wedding Wednesday: We have a place!

We have finally decided on our reception place and I couldn’t be happier with the result.  I wanted our reception to look nothing like a typical reception (no offense to those that do) but it’s just not my style nor the look I was going for.  Since I already had the dress picked, the venue had to compliment the romantic feel of the dress.  I really wanted a venue that was really rustic with exposed brick, natural elements, and a loft like urban feel.  Cuvee Champagne Lounge in the Historic 3rd Ward in Milwaukee fits this description to a T!  After a little negotiation regarding some pricing (beautiful spaces do come with a price) we were able to make it work with our budget.  Here’s a pic I snapped this weekend when dropping off the agreement.  I love the cream-city brick and the wooden columns and the length of the space.  It’s so gorgeous and  I can’t wait to have my own reception here!

For more gorgeous pics, check out Cuvee’s Facebook page.  Love!

Rule-Breaker!

I have a confession…I broke one of my own fashion rules.  I wore an NFL football jersey- not once, not twice, but many times this past season.  To be fair- I believe I am partially responsible for the success of my team-The Super Bowl XLV Champion Green Bay Packers-so I had to do it.  Now let me explain…

It all started the day after Christmas- I bought my bf tickets for the Packers vs. Giants game (a very important game for the Pack to make the playoffs).  It was a cold December afternoon game and I had to wear many layers to stay warm.  Once I had on my snow pants and coat- I had no way to show my team spirit.  I decided that maybe…just maybe I could wear my bf’s extra jersey on top of my winter coat.  I know…I’m cringing at the thought of deciding to add even more bulk to the top of an already puffy jacket.  Maybe it was something in the air, or maybe it was the fact I was in northern Wisconsin and it only seemed natural for the true fans to wear there team spirit on their sleeve- or anywhere on them for that matter.  Whatever it was, I went for it.  I didn’t exactly clash with the crowd that’s for sure.  That afternoon the Packers went on to beat the Giants in an incredible game that gave them the momentum that carried them to the Super Bowl.  I felt it was only my fan duty to continue to wear the lucky jersey.  The following weekend in a very low scoring game, the Packers beat the Bears (The Bears Still Suck) and thus began the playoff run and the necessity to continue to wear ‘the jersey’.

Through each playoff game- ‘the jersey’ was worn and each game my team won.  Now- every time after that outdoor game, I had been indoors in the comfort of my own home where wearing ‘the jersey’ and leggings which was totally fine.  No one saw my fashion don’t except the bf- which wouldn’t have noticed anyways-or dared to call me out if he did.  Then, something amazing happened.  I had the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl for work.  I was incredibly excited and thankful for the opportunity, but then worry set in as I thought about the the ultimate question- ‘What does one wear to the Super Bowl?’.  Not exactly a question one comes across often.  Naturally the jersey had to be worn, but how can I wear it and still make it me? Let me break it down for you-

First of all the jersey was ridiculously huge (it was a men’s jersey after all) so I had to make it more fitted.   I tied it at both sides and tucked the knots underneath the jersey.  Tying it also helped shorten the length so that it sat just above my hipbones.  Next, since the jersey was still fairly loose, I paired it with skinny jeans to counter the volume on top.  The hard part was trying to figure out what shoes to wear so that they looked good with skinny jeans, but also seemed practical for a sporting event.  Since the Super Bowl was in Dallas, TX; cowboy-ish boots seemed appropriate so I wore my tall Frye boots.  I completed the outfit with gold jewelry (green and gold baby!) and the purse I like to call my championship belt purse (because of the strap).  It may not have been the most perfect outfit, but it was perfect for me and my team that day.  I certainly realized that sometimes- certain rules (even fashion rules) are meant to be broken.  Go Pack Go!