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)!

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.



Monday Manicure & Link Round-up

The start of Christmas manicures…

Nailpolish: Essie’s Waltz, and Konad’s Special Stamping Polish in Green and Red

This week’s Link Round-up is insanely long. So now that you’re prepared…

H&M got flak for photoshopping real model’s heads onto fake (computer generated) bodies.

And because that’s not creepy enough, here’s this article about how men could not tell the difference between a men’s mag opinion on women from a rapist’s opinion on women.

This made me giggle: 15 things white girls love to do on facebook. I definitely do the letter thing.

Borrowed from Already Pretty, I do love my formulas. Here are some great flattering ways to wear leggings.

This is the perfect hairstyle for your holiday party: Old Hollywood Glam. So pretty!

So in love with these fresh color combos. I kind of want to print this and put it next to my closet.

After my problems with Paypal (remember how they charged me over $300 for a service I didn’t want or need?), Regretsy’s serious problems with Paypal came as no surprise to me.

Definitely stealing this recipe for Gingerbread Snowflakes after seeing just how beautiful they are!

A lot of these photographs gave me chills: The Most Powerful Photos of 2011.

With my teeny tiny feet (okay, they’re not that small), I loved when Refinery 29 put out these cute shoes for small feet!

Wondering what you want to do over December? Here’s an activity guide!

How to create volume with a flat iron. I can’t believe I didn’t figure this out myself!

You work in fashion? Here, let me grab you your crazy pills.

Anyone else having a disturbing love for plaid recently?

College survival tips here! I wish I’d known some of this before I went to college.

Unpopular Fashion Opinions. We all have them. Here’s one blogger’s.

My obsession with colored denim is well known. Here are 6 tips from bloggers on how to wear colored denim. (We should have at least one pair by now, right?)

Now let’s get into the DIY, here we go:

Check out these DIY flower hair clips turned Christmas ornaments from Love Meagan. I think I like them better as hair clips for myself though…

Shop Ruche’s Homemade Holiday has DIY’s to your heart’s content.

Maybe you’re looking for somewhere to hang your jewelry? This DIY is right up your alley.

Or maybe you want to make jewelry? College Fashion has you covered.

Sequin holiday ornaments are great DIY for your tree.

Looking for a review of the DIY trends of 2011? Look no further, they’re here.

If you want gift guides, Keiko Lynn has you covered with Makeup Monday Gift Guide and the Makeup Monday Stocking Stuffers.

Monday Manicure & Link Round-up

Nailpolish: Sinful Color’s Casablanca; Konad’s Black Stamping Polish.

I did this manicure for my sister when she was over for Thanksgiving and snapped a couple photos of it.  It was so cute on her that I did in on myself this week!



Confession: This week, I was super industrious and got a ton of links that I planned to use for this Link-up. So what does my computer do? Freezes. And of course I hadn’t saved the document with all the links in them. So I lost them all. So this link round up is kind of pathetic.

This article: 10 Things 90’s Kids Will Have To Explain To Their Children. Can I just say I loved Topanga? She’s like the original Hermione.

Now that I’ve mentioned Harry Potter, this imaginary rejection letter to J.K. Rowling had me in stitches.

These wonderful pictures of men posed in stereotypical pin-up poses made me smile and giggle.

These calenders are all kinds of awesome. I think the Men of the Stacks Librarian calender is my favorite. Men and books?! What’s not to love?

Who doesn’t shop at Amazon? I loved this inside peek at their warehouses.

I’ve mentioned before how some fashion/style blogs can seem so similar, and so I was fascinated when I ran across this post.

The most awesome superhero ever: The Library Phantom! Aren’t these sculptures stunning?

Next H&M Collaboration is… Marni! Will you shop it? I might, if H&M has online shopping by that time…

Making your own coffee syrup… it’s like having Starbucks in your house. Only a heck of a lot cheaper.

Hot trends for Spring and Summer 2012. What ones will you incorporate into your wardrobe? I’m thinking pastels…

Trust me when I say you want to read the 56 best/worst similes by high school students. These are hilarious!

Saturday Manicure

Whenever I’m looking for something subtle, I immediately hit up this combination. Essie’s Fiji paired with Konad’s stamping polish in white is girly, simple, with just enough detail to cheer me up. Plus? It goes with pretty much everything.

I’m thinking of moving my manicure posts to Mondays. I want the alliteration.

Saturday Manicure

Today’s manicure was done last Sunday. I ended up going out to dinner with a couple friends and we came back and watched movies. My friend Michelle loved the last manicure that I did for her when we had our tea party. So I was delighted to do her nails again.

She chose Sinful Color’s Ciao Bella for the deep blue color, and her favorite animal is the dolphin so I Konad stamped them on. We then used Revlon’s 771 Clear polish as top coat.

My current manicure is just all one color (OPI’s Glitzerland), so it’s nothing special.

FYI: My link-up will be posted at 5pm today. I’m warning you, it’s super long….

FBFF: Show Me Your Manicure

This week’s FBFF is a visual post. Thrifty and Shameless asked to see our manicures. Here is my current manicure:

You may also remember by zebra print manicure. I’m starting to feel a little theme-y in my nail polish rampage but I can’t help it. I’ve already got my October manicure planned out.

I should mention that I am not a skilled nail art person. I can hardly paint my finger nails without polish going everywhere. So for me, the Konad nail art stamping purchase was one of the best investments I made. I’m able to create professional looking designs by myself, without having to be particularly artsy. After all, all I’m doing it stamping a design onto my nails!

I  only paid around $30 for 25 MASH plates, 2 Konad nail polishes (black & white), and a Konad stamper and scraper on Amazon.com. When my friends pay more money to get their nails done at a salon, I definitely feel like I invested in a good product.

Interested in seeing other manicures? Head to this post at Thrifty and Shameless!

Interested in joining in on the FBFF fun on Fridays? Just want to learn more about FBFF? Head here.