I have a long standing love affair with nail art that has spanned over a decade. I’ve airbrushed, shellaced, and gel nailed Japanese-style. Heck, I even bought my own gel manicure set up for at home use (yes, I know obsessive). When it’s all said and done, sometime you’re just too busy or too broke to maintain perfect up-to-the-minute digits. Which is why I was so thrilled to be sent Broadway Nail’s Impress Manicure by Influenster as a part of their Vox Box program to try out. It was perfect for my New Year’s even ensemble. It was the last thing I did before I walked out the door, I don’t suggest putting them on and then showering, getting ready, etc. My nails were picture perfect in less than a minute and no dry time! Genius. When you consider how much a set of gel nails costs (about $60-$100) $7.99 for these nails are a bargain. I couldn’t get over how good they looked! I wore them for about 3 days and then took them off because it was time to get back to the real world of working on my computer and gardening. I will definitely be buying more for the next event I need to have perfect hands for.
imPress Manicure retails for $5.99 for colors and $7.99 for patterns, and is available at CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade, KMart, Walgreens, Walmart and more. For a full list of online and in-store retailers, visit imPressManicure.com, where you can download an exclusive coupon and virtually try on all the colors and patterns!
Hair-do’s are a bit of an obsession of mine. Whether it’s perfecting my pin-curls, re-creating Chanel’s runway up-do’s or getting that perfect summer braid down, I’m always on the lookout for a good tutorial and new ideas. Daily Candy has been a GREAT resource of late, with a fantastic tutorial on how to do the ‘around the world’ braid so many cute, sunny So-Cal blondes have been sporting recently. See it here. Daily Candy also has a great tutorial on the perfect messy side bun here.
It’s been the consensus amongst my lady friends that H&M had hit a rocky patch for the past year or so, with the exception of the Rykiel collection- of course. The clothes had just been bland and lacked that cool euro edge we remembered from back when you had to trek to New York City to get a fix.
Thankfully, it looks like they’re back judging by the fall look book online. There are some VERY CUTE pieces, and a really awesome app called Fashion Studio to put them together.
After spending an hour debating whether I wanted to break down and buy this Joan Rivers piece from QVC the other week, because- do I really want to be a person that shops on QVC? I can now be pretty sure that I’ll cross that threshold when Janie Bryant, Mad Men’s genius costume designer, brings her wares to QVC. According to WWD:
The line will debut on QVC on September 29, with 20 pieces of outerwear, sweaters, pants, and skirts, and about 10-15 pieces of costume jewelry, priced from $26 to $138. The 50s and 60s-esque line features “fake-fur jackets and capelets, reversible satin swing coats, brocade boleros, pencil skirts, skinny pants and colorful crystal pendants and pins.” As Janie tells it, “I was inspired by my grandmother’s closet and jewelry box. I used to dress up as a little girl, and spend hours dressing and accessorizing my dolls, and this line brings back memories of a fond and fun time.”
In LA it’s always kinda summer but, with Memorial Day a mere 12 days away we can say it’s offish. If you’re wondering what hat to wear while you lounge your $10,000 hammock look no further than Bijou Van Ness’ awesome Derby number. Her hats are hand crafted using only couture methods, a rarity these days.
I want to cry into my Silk Soy Creamer right now after watching this video from Target’s website. The pieces look like something you can pick up absolutely anywhere and save for the tattoo tights and woven anchor tank top, none of them say “Gaultier.”
I cried more when I watched “UP” but it’s still pretty sad, see more at Target.