About 3 years ago, I went on my first nail art journey. It was cloud nails (see below!). Have you tried cloud nails? I feel like I say this every month, but this is the easiest and looks so fancy! I broke out a couple greens and a purple for a little tribute to one of the most fun holidays there is:
Here are the steps:
1. Paint a base coat any color you choose, just like normal. I chose purple!
2. Using the angle of the brush, make three lines in your second color, making each one a little longer than the first one. I stick with three, but if you have giant hands maybe try four? 🙂
Here’s what that looks like:
Now after that dries, pick a third shade. Basically just trace the same lines you made with the 2nd shade, but leave a little of the 2nd shade showing. Trust me, it doesn’t have to be perfect to look impressive. Mine certainly aren’t, and I received a few nice compliments on them already!
Now let’s go see how the other ladies wore St. Patrick’s Day on their nails:
Kristi from Delightfully Kristi
Piniel from Pins-Place
Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali
Erika from Erika’s Style Diary
Marlena from Here, Pretty Kitty
Ashley from Style on High
This past week has been absolutely beautiful! We are in full-on spring weather here in Iowa. We thought we’d celebrate the end of winter with the springiest of spring fabrics: Gingham! Gingham has been popping up in all sorts of places, from darling swimsuits to dresses to even sunglasses!
1. Perfect for hosting a spring fling party!
Picnic Hostess Dress :: Modcloth
2. No such thing as too many sunglasses!
Cat Eye Sunglasses :: Opening Ceremony
3. Red gingham is so adorable. And this cute knotted crop is great.
Red Gingham Crop Top :: TheBraidedBandit via Etsy
4. These would be cute for a day date.
Paris Hilton Amina Green Platforms :: Heels.com
5. Never too early to start bathing suit shopping.
Pool Party Picnic Swimsuit :: Modcloth
6. These drapey, light shorts go with everything.
MINKPINK Gingham Shorts :: Urban Outfitters
I am happy to report that I’m not sick anymoreeeeeee! I know 99.9% of you crazy cats didn’t even know I was sick but oh man. I was! It all started last weekend when my son was hit by the stomach flu in the middle of a Cheesecake Factory (being a mom can be so glamorous!) and then it hit me 4 days later. Anyway, I’m not going to let you in on the beautiful details, but please know I am feeling more alive and energized than I have in a few days and it feels goooood!
So anyway, these photos were taken awhile ago (proof: where’s the snow?) but I have to say I may need to pull this outfit out again. Polka dots on polka dots are always a good idea!
I’m going to keep this short and sweet today. Have a lovely Sunday! I’m going to go drink another Americano and daydream of spring. Gingham prints are coming soon to the blog!
Outfit details: Hair bow, chain fringe necklace :: Forever 21 (here and similar) | Striped crop :: Target | Dress :: Charlotte Russe | Flats :: Thrifted, gift from Jessi
Two years?! Yay us!! We decided to commemorate this milestone with a lil celebratory ladies brunch, and It. Was. Delicious. As you well know, I love to get good and dressed up for a Sunday brunch and who better to do that with than your fashion partner-in-crime? You can tell we’re getting old though, because instead of bloody mary’s and mimosas, hot tea and a latte were our drinks of choice.
Here’s what we wore!
I went for something a little bit Valentine’s inspired, but strayed from the classic red I wore on Valentine’s Day. Mint green and magenta seemed to make sense to me (yes? no?), and they most definitely matched this incredible wall that I’ve somehow never noticed before. Purrrrfection!
Dress:: Urban Outfitters | booties :: c/o Shopbop | sweater, heart necklace :: Forever21 | belt :: Hill Vintage
I went full blown Valentine’s Day down to my heart tights! This top was a dress with a black skirt on the bottom but it was a super dowdy length. Think ankle length. Anyway, I had cut it shorter but it really needed hemmed. Flash forward 2 years and I had never worn it and I thought… HELLO! Just cut off this silly skirt and make it a top. Voila, kitties! I’ve already worn it like 3 times since I did it. Success story!
Outfit details: Ribbon :: Michael’s | Peplum top :: House of Vintage | Collar :: thrifted | Earrings :: Forever 21 | Skirt :: My mom’s from the 80s | Black heart tights :: Target | Black booties :: Jessica Simpson
Love you all, pretty kitties, and thanks for reading!
Here’s my take on the dress Marlena styled a few days ago! At Here Pretty Kitty we love layers and I decided to go for an old Jessi classic: throw a sweater on over a dress! While a cardigan over a dress is very practical it’s also very obvious, and I wanted to mix things up a bit! I don’t have a lot of yellow in my wardrobe but I noticed the yellow in this super cute Lularoe dress matched pretty perfectly with this great vintage sweater I so often forget about. A match made in heaven! This dress is SO comfortable and I really love the length. Trust me, I have plenty of short skirts and dresses in my closet, so the extra booty coverage is a welcome change! I actually can’t wait to bust this dress out on a beautiful spring day with sandals and bare arms. BUT none of that is happening in February in Iowa.
I’m a sucker for matching a brown belt with brown shoes, but took a detour from my usual brown booties for these wooden heels. Honestly guys, they are much easier to walk in than it looks!
Not to be cheesy, but I think all I’m missing from this yellow look is a little sunshine, amiright?!! To put a positive spin on the dreary, cold days we’ve been having I’m currently weighing which of my favorite indoor activities to partake in: cat cuddling, bad reality tv time, snacking, napping…. Everything?!
Be sure to check back because we’ve got a lot happening on the blog this week, including celebrating our 2nd blogiversary. Yay!!
So last week we shipped off Charlie to my parents house for the week and while we of course missed him, it was so awesome! We tried to make the most of it. Highlights from our first Sunday alone (and yes I realize this list is totally pathetic to most people but we were living the dream!):
• Stayed in bed until 9 a.m.!
• Had a luxurious morning at a local coffee shop drinking lattes and pretending to read the paper.
• Went out for a late brunch at a semi non-kid friendly spot
• Spent the afternoon lounging and putting together IKEA furniture (with no arguing!)
• Met my BFF Mindy’s new baby, Rafa
The rest of the week was filled with happy hours, a double date with Jessi and John, 30 extra minutes to sleep in the morning, and so much more!
I definitely checked out on my environment this time around didn’t I?! Chain link fence = hot mess
Have you kitties ever heard of Lularoe? My friend Kate brought over a bunch of their clothes over one lovely evening. It was the best! Everything they offer is both super adorable and super comfy. I got this dress in two different patterns. You should definitely go like Kate’s page on Facebook because she’s always posting great stuff from them, plus discount codes and stuff!
I love pairing a collared shirt under a dress, and this one works really well for that. I’ve been super into scarf ties lately. The winter, for me, can get oh-so-dreary so I always like figuring out ways to add color. I’d love hear your ideas in that department!
Outfit details: Scarf tie :: thrifted | Glitter collared shirt :: TJ Maxx | Dress :: c/o Lularoe On the Go with Kate | Riding boots :: Target
Stay tuned to see how Jessi styled this Lularoe dress!
Well, 10 inches of snow is falling outside right now so we thought we’d daydream about what we’d wear if it were spring!
1. Dress up any outfit with tassels!
Tassel Drop Earrings :: Saks 5th Avenue (on sale for $18!)
2. Brighten up your day instantly with this dress.
A.L.C. Thomsen Dress :: Shopbop
3. Nothing says “Spring Please!” like a little floral.
Pink Rose Hair Barrette :: ClaudiaMadeThis via Etsy
4. Cut the color with a little edge.
Lauren Merkin Snakeskin Clutch :: Shopbop
5. Purrrrfect for curing winter outfit blues.
Selima Suede Ankle Booties :: The Outnet (similar)
6. Contrast with colored tights.
Pink Tights :: Uniqlo
1. These are the perfect shape and color!
Bilko Shades :: Nasty Gal
2. A short sleeved sweater works with any coolness still lingering in the air.
3.1 Phillip Lim Sleeveless Crop Sweater :: Shopbop
3. What a cute springy pattern!
Oh My Love Floral Shorts :: Urban Outfitters
4. I love a darling flat when the weather gets nicer.
Dolce Vita Pavari Skimmers :: Anthropologie
5. The 80s really nailed the clutch.
Red Clutch :: TheVintageMistress via Etsy
Think Spring, Kitties, while you don those cute snowsuits!
Something I’ve really come to love is a crop top. Trust me, this is a surprise even to me, but a welcome one! Since it’s not the 90’s anymore I’ve learned there are numerous ways to style a crop, and in fact the trend goes hand in hand with my love of all things high-waisted. I’m super excited about this cranberry cropped sweater courtesy of Shopbop! While navigating their site this popped out at me right away due to the striking color. Plus it looked warm and cozy, so score! Let me tell you kitties, this sweater is soooo comfy! It’s warm and fuzzy and not itchy at all. It’s actually a little more cropped than I usually like, so instead of pairing it with a high waisted skirt I threw it over one of my favorite polka-dot dresses. This dress is normally a summer staple but works perfectly with a sweater. I pulled out another old favorite for this look, these tapestry shoes! I love these heels dearly, but since they are pretty unique they don’t get a lot of action in my every day life.
We shot these pictures on a Sunday
, before the husband and I went out to brunch. Now, if you know me at all you know I luvvv a good brunch. And since I’ve been extra busy it was the best feeling to sleep in, spend a little extra time getting ready and feeling lovely and heading to brunch with my honey. I ordered croque madame bread pudding (yummmm!) and John and I split lemon-blueberry pancakes. It was decadent and just what I needed. Maybe I’m crazy but I love getting a lil’ dressed up for brunch; is anyone else on the same page as me? If so I highly recommend checking out Shopbop for a cute little dress
or darling skirt
This black and white striped skirt is my best fashion weapon, kitties! While I’ve only worn it on the blog twice, it’s definitely one of my go-tos, especially on days when nothing is working. This skirt always works because it has endless possibilities! I thought it would be fun to do a little tribute to it and show 4 different ways you can style this darling. The skirt shown is from Modcloth.
1. Color Pop
This is the easiest one because it adds a beautiful contrast against the stark black and white. I love the button down with skirt, and adding little oxfords is so preppy and adorable!
Wyatt Cobalt Colorblock :: Bluefly
Cause for Collaboration Heel :: Modcloth
2. Pattern Mixing
This option is the one I probably do the most. Plaids, cats, polka dots: have fun! This pretty fuchsia top is hitting all the right notes for me, and I love the edgy feel of it paired with the boots.
Hewitt Printed Blouse :: Francesca’s
Jeffrey Campbell St. Elmo Boots :: Urban Outfitters
3. Casual Chic
A cute white graphic tee with red heels is a lovely match! Add a statement necklace and you’re all set.
Joie Rancher J Tee :: Shopbop (they have a million cute white graphic tees, seriously!)
Melissa Classic Heel Pumps :: Shopbop
4. Stripe on Stripe
To make this work, I’d go either smaller stripes like this one, or introduce some color. Add a fun floral heel for a break from the Stripey-Stripe Club!
Striped Crop Top :: Forever 21
Waltz Floral Print Pumps :: Ruche
Here I am mixing mine up for a holiday party with sequins and another one with a ruffled plaid:
See the full posts here and here!
Hope I’ve offered some inspiration today! Xoxo
Not so secret confession: I am not super outdoorsy. Sure, I’ll have a walk in the park moment but for the most part I’d prefer to be indoors. I’ve really always been that way: when I was a kid my mom would push me outdoors and I’d just sit on my bike and read the latest Sweet Valley Twins book (am I the only one on Team Elizabeth?). My childhood (and current!) BFF Kim was (still is) super outdoorsy, loved sports (her street hockey phase was unbearable) and just being outside in general. We definitely had to take turns playing in the woods vs. playing Girl Talk.
So when we went on a little winter adventure with the frozen lake this past weekend, I wasn’t super pumped. I mean… you can literally hear the ice breaking and gurgling! Despite my husband’s soothing voice saying, “Honey, look at this ice. It’s super thick!” I just kept imagining our little family making the 5:00 news: FAMILY OF THREE DIES IN ANKLE DEEP CRACKED ICE, ALL FOR FASHION BLOG PHOTOS. This is how irrational I’ve become with my accident-prone 3 year-old!
Anyway, you will notice I am not in fact on the frozen lake in any of these pics and now you know why!
Fashion time! I bought this skirt in a moment of desperation before Jessi’s Holiday Party. Nothing was working in my closet so I made a last ditch effort at the Target 2 minutes away and luckily it all turned into a success story. This cute top came to us courtesy of Shopbop, and I love it. It’s the perfect amount of crop mixed with the a lovely combination of comfort and style. Plus it’s a color I don’t have a lot of in my closet, so it’s been fun to mix it up.
Outfit details: Crop top :: c/o Shopbop | Hooray of Light Necklace :: Xmas gift from Joe, Modcloth | Striped skirt :: Target (similar) | Cupcake Contest Bag :: Xmas gift from Joe, Modcloth | Riding boots :: Target (these are on sale for $30!)
Hope you’ve had a great week, and happy weekend!