Weekly Manicure & (tiny) Link Round-up

 Nail polish used: Sinful Colors’ Ciao Bella, Sinful Colors’ Casablanca, and Konad Special Stamping Polish in Silver

After seeing the accent nail around everywhere, I decided to try it out for myself. I ended up being pretty happy with how it looked, as I tried to tie it into my other nails with a bit of silver on each. However, my mother saw it and told me the accent nail looked “dorky”. Now I’m not sure how I feel about the accent nail. What do you think? Trendy or dorky?

Link round-up is early this week because I’m out of town for the weekend visiting friends!

These hot chocolate spoons look delicious, in addition to being perfect for the next couple months.

Already Pretty has some great tips on styling your scarves.

TJ Maxx is one of those household names in my family, here’s a shopping guide for TJ Maxx from Extra Petite.

 Lemon pound cake sounds so good right now! I love food with lemon, and this light recipe is one I’ll have to try.

Who doesn’t love an over the top gorgeous makeup look? The gilded eye is dramatic must-try.

I don’t know if I could do a shellac manicure since I change my nail color weekly! However, here’s a great honest review of them.

Already Pretty strikes again with a guide to cardigans

These inspiration images are right up my alley. I love a well-done simple ensemble.

History of the Trend: Holiday Sweaters. Who doesn’t own at least one?

This is simple and cute! Paperclip and string earrings.

How to keep warm in your freezing cold house. I don’t know about you, but I hate being cold!

Love this article: On Men Who Don’t Like Women in Makeup.

Winter drink recipes for cozy nights! I definitely want to try the pumpkin chai tea latte!

This hairstyle is utterly gorgeous and while a teensy bit time intensive, it looks doable. See: The Braided Bun.

2012 Trend Predictions from Refinery 29. Excuse me while I cry because drop waists are coming back as I suspected.

And in honor of NYE, I’ve got some great holiday cocktails for you to try out (if you’re into that sort of thing)!

Resolutions

You say you want a revolution resolution, and we all want to change the world our lives…

Silliness happens.

As it is, I’ve been thinking about New Year’s Resolutions since November. I’ve tried to start some of them early, but they’re still resolutions for next year.

Dear Self:

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1. Exercise at least 3 times a week. You’re a much happier person when you exercise, and you want (and need) to take some time to care for myself a little more. It’s part of the reason you started this blog, remember? You wanted to get up every day and feel better about yourself and what you wore.

2. Lose weight (and inches). Tone up. Feel better about yourself.

3. No longer consume: soda or store bought cookies. Avoid HFCS in everything. Eat better. When you eat better, you feel better. Also, stop craving hot dogs.

4. Find full-time work. Do not settle for working 4 part-time jobs. Don’t be disheartened and depressed if no one calls you for an interview, just keep looking. Keep your hopes up, you’ll find something eventually.

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5. Wear skirts (and dresses) more often. You own them. You put together outfits in your head involving your skirts and dresses. You just never put those outfits on. Start doing it! (Why do you feel like putting on a skirt takes more effort than jeans?)

6. Date around. Do not settle. Enjoy being single.

7. Wash your face every single night! Stop forgetting!

8. Save money for those trips to Europe you’ve always wanted. A little bit every month.

9. Get out of the house more. Stop being a recluse. Meet people. You suck at this, work on improving.

10. As an addendum to the above (#9), hang out with your friends more. Make time for them. Stop being a recluse!

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11. Read. Purchase books more often. Spend less time on the internet. Read the books on your list.

12. Finish one of your novels that you’ve started. Even if it kills you. You need to stop starting new ones without finishing the previous ones.

13. Pay off your student loans. Completely.

14. Learn how to read patterns. You have all the materials to crochet things. Oh, and learn more than one stitch. That would probably help.

15. Become more organized. You desperately need to. And stop throwing your clothes on the floor in the evenings–you just have to pick them up again later.

16. Visit the Seattle Aquarium. You’ve been wanting to forever! Completed! 

This Fashion Beauty Friend Friday, the lovely Katy Rose of Modly Chic has asked us about our New Year’s Resolutions. See everyone else’s here

Blue Bows & Useless Belts

 Outfit Details: Top: Ross; Belt: Target; Skirt (old): BCX; Shoes (old): Steve Madden; Earrings: Yochi, via Ideeli.com

I wore this awhile ago, but got around to photographing it recently. The last time I wore this skirt, I felt that the shirt I paired it with was much too long. So I switched it for a cropped shirt in hopes that would fix the proportion problem. And, whaddayaknow, it totally did!

It also gave me an opportunity to pair navy and brown together, along with using a useless belt. This is what I call victory.

If there’s one thing I really love about shoes, its that they always always fit. These were a Birthday gift from my parents when I turned sixteen.

Then again, that’s probably why I can’t bear to get rid of this skirt, either. I bought it in seventh (or eighth) grade and still fit into it. It allows me to pretend like I’m still as tiny as I was when I was 14. The fact that it’s super comfortable helps too.

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Outfit Details: Hat: via TJ Maxx; Earrings: Yochi, via ideeli.com; Jacket: Old Navy; Shirt: via Walmart; Jeans: Fragile via  TJ Maxx; Boots: Madden Girl, X-mas gift.

Over the month of december, I snagged a couple items here and there. This military-esque jacket was one such deal. I’ve been looking for a great one all year, and ended up getting it for around $15. It was really pure luck–I saw it after College Fashion linked to it.

This hat was another easy snag. While shopping with my mom, I tried on a couple hats here and there. In addition to being utterly adorable–this one was yellow. How could I have passed it up?

 These boots are probably one of my favorite X-mas presents. When I went to Macy’s after getting a couple giftcards, I made a bee-line for these boots which I’d been eyeing all winter. Of course, they didn’t have them in my size. In addition, there was no way to order them. So I took a phone picture and when I got home googled around like crazy to find them. I then asked for them for X-mas. I’m so happy to finally have them in my grasp!

Favorite Things

Outfit Details: Cardigan: Old Navy, X-mas gift; Dress: Macy’s; Leggings: Ross, X-mas gift; Shoes: Blowfish; Necklace: X-mas gift.

Christmas was pretty good this year. I’m really delighted with the gifts I got. One of the best things about Christmas is not knowing what I’m going to get–I love the surprise of it all.

Thankfully the holidays (and utter madness) is over, so I’m getting back into the swing of blogging again.

Can I just say I love love love sweater leggings/tights? These leggings are fleece lined and they are quite possibly the most comfortable item in my wardrobe. They might even replace my love of a particular pair of jeans…

I love this dress, which I got off the clearance rack for a measly $10. However it is a) really short and b) very thin so partially see-through. It’s probably one of my more difficult items to style. How do people wear dresses this short without being paranoid all the time that their underwear are going to show? Is there some sort of class I missed on how to wear short dresses?

 My little sister, Christine, got me my very own name necklace this year! I absolutely love it! I’ve never had anything that had my name (properly spelled) on it. So it’s definitely something I’ll be wearing quite frequently.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Hopefully you’re enjoying the holidays!

I’ve been needling myself all of December to get a picture of all the lights my family puts up on the house. However, it’s always cold, late, and I never seem to have my camera with me when I remember! So on Christmas Eve, I went out and snagged a couple shots. It wasn’t too dark, but just enough for the lights to show up.

 These snowflake lights above the garage are my favorites.

 I love our Japanese Maple (?), It’s like a mini weeping willow. We used a bunch of net lights to cover the whole thing and it looks stunning.

I’ll be back to regular updating from here on out!

Inspiration: Scarves

Since I’m still taking care of my friend’s pets and house sitting, so I haven’t gotten dressed in anything other than sweatpants for the last day.

So I decided to post an inspiration post featuring one of my favorite accessories: scarves. It seemed especially timely considering it’s December, and scarves are likely to be a feature in outfits until spring at least!

There’s something here for everyone! Whether you have square or oblong scarves, or thick or thin. Get ready for a picture heavy post…

FYI: I have attempted to give credit to all the pictures. If they do not link to the original website, then I have linked them to pin on pinterest. This is only if the original link no longer works. 

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And of course, I needed to include some ways to wear scarves other than around your neck. So here are some headscarves too…

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Floral Exhaustion

Outfit Details: Floral Top: gift; Tank: gift; Scarf: Rue 21; Jeans: Per Se, via Ross; Boots: Steve Madden.

I’ve been pet and house sitting for a friend for the past several days, and let me tell you–I am exhausted! I’ve hardly gotten any sleep, since her dogs keep me up all night. Long story short: they’re the snuggle-y types, and I’m definitely not a snuggler when I’m attempted to sleep.

I’ve taken to sleeping a little bit during the day to try and catch up on the sleep front, the pretty much means it gets dark by the time I even think about taking outfit photos. Luckily, my friend gets back from Vegas on the 23rd, so once Friday hits I should be able to get back to my typical routine.

In other news, this floral top was a late birthday present. Of course, I immediately had to wear it.

Monday Manicure & Link Round-up

Nail polish: Essie’s Trophy Wife and Konad Special Stamping Polish in Silver

 

And in other news on nail polish, how about this Hunger Games collection? I know I’ll be purchasing pretty much every single one!

Of course, what would a link up the weekend before X-mas be without a pile of holiday DIYs?

Need more Christmas ornaments? Of course you do!

Handmade gifts can be perfect for something simple and thoughtful. Here are 10 DIYs that would make perfect holiday gifts.

What are you planning to wrap all your gifts in? Here are four fresh gift wrapping ideas.

Although, if you’re big on being eco-friendly, these gift wrapping ideas are great!

Some DIYs for yourself (or if you’re really generous, someone else) are these DIY glitter ankle boots.

These DIY’s are wonderful, and fairly easy. I fully plan to do the collar tips!

I’m definitely doing this adorable Christmas sweater DIY sometime during the holidays (or slightly after).

Holiday hairstyles like this low side bun are stunning, but simple.

Or, if you want something a little different– how about a modern bouffant?

These delicious holiday sweets make me want to start baking up a storm.

Alcohol infused with different flavors? This sounds like the perfect gift for so many of my friends!

A new hot chocolate recipe could get me through winter a little easier.

Let’s end with something inspiring: The 25 Most Beautiful College Libraries In the World.

 

 

FBFF: Christmas Survey

This week’s Fashion Beauty Friend Friday is hosted by Katy Rose of ModlyChic. We’ve got a simple Christmas survey to fill out. Here are my answers below…

My sisters and I at Thanksgiving

No holiday party is complete without: beautiful decorations, laughter, and delicious holiday cookies.

My favorite Christmas song/album: I love both Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and Angels We Have Heard on High.

My favorite seasonal recipe: Candy Cane Cookies! I love them. I confess that sometimes i make them year-round.

The perfect New Year’s Eve outfit includes: a dress that fits well and makes me feel beautiful.

At the parties, I’ll be drinking: alcohol, hopefully. Oh, am I not supposed to say that? I meant whatever they offer.

KK & Stevie, Me, Christine & Webster

Eggnog, good or bad?: um, I’ve actually never had it.

Did you ever take pictures on Santa’s lap at the mall?: Yes! who didn’t as a kid?

Gingerbread Latte or Peppermint Mocha: Mmm, peppermint mocha.

Worst gift I ever got: Er, I don’t know?

Best gift I ever received: Hmm, I don’t know if it was the best but it is the one that I most remember. When we were in Hawaii for Christmas, I received an iPod with music I liked already loaded on it. It really beat hauling my CD player to the pool.

You those wedding photos where the groomsmen are carrying the bride? Yeah, we tried.

My family has this weird tradition: Of waking up super early to open our stockings. It’s only okay to open stockings before the parents are awake. We have to wait for Dad to wake up to open any of the other gifts.

My best bargain find for a gift this year: I can’t say! However, I can say that I probably only paid a couple dollars for the item(s) in question.

If I could only buy all my gifts from one place, I’d shop at: Amazon.com. Hopefully that’s not a cop-out, since they seriously have everything.

Rudolph the Red-nose Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman: Rudolph, obvs. He was the unpopular kid, which I can totally relate to.

My favorite holiday memory: I think opening stockings on Christmas morning. Also, the year when my sister and I vowed to stay up all night for Santa and then fell asleep in the playroom overlooking the living room (I couldn’t have been the only one who tried to stay up and see Santa…).

My favorite Christmas movie: I actually don’t watch Christmas movies, I’m not really big on them! As much as I love Christmas, the movies aren’t really in my interest zone.

The best part about holiday decorations is: how cheerful and utterly happy they make you feel every time you see them.

Rip off the wrapping paper or neatly pull off the tape: When I was younger, I used to rip it off. Now, I’m not a perfectionist by any means, but I’m much neater now (but not neat enough to pull off the tape).

Miracle on 34th Street or It’s a Wonderful Life: … I’ve mentioned that I don’t watch holiday movies, right? I think I’ve probably seen each of these once, when I was like eight.

It doesn’t feel like the holiday season until: The decorations are up. Of course, ours have been up since Black Friday. Haha. I’ve got a Christmas obsessed family.

All I want for Christmas is: you! Sorry, I can’t resist. All I really want is to spend time with my family, especially my little sisters. 🙂