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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas: Evergreen Polish

Today, I’m seeing emerald… on my nails.  Evergreen by Icing is such a festive polish for the holidays and a welcomed breath of fresh pine-filled air.  Different from the regular reds often seen at this time of year, this sparkly emerald also happens to be Pantone’s 2013 Color of the Year.  What do you think of this holiday look?emerald nails_edited Emerald Ring 1_edited


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Polished, Perfect and Pretty, Grâce à Dior and BAZAAR

Polished, perfect and pretty.  That’s the idea behind Dior’s new “Dressy Nudes” look.  As a newly minted Style Ambassador for Harper’s Bazaar I was invited to try the look at Macy’s Dior counter.  The results?  Flawless and flirty without appearing too made up.  I especially liked the light feeling, yet full coverage of the Airfinish foundation and the flirty eye makeup.  I would love to own Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Dune and Charnelle and Rouge Dior Nude in Trompe loeil.

While I enjoyed the friendly company of the Dior makeup artist and fellow animal lover, I wish I learned more about the “Dressy Nudes” look.  I brought home the useful pamphlet and took the fun quiz to see if my personality should try the Feminine, Sensuous, Elegant or Divine look.  I was a little of all…

As a BAZAAR Style Ambassador, I have joined “a niche nationwide network of the most influential, well-connected and chic readers chosen to represent the BAZAAR brand.” Simply put, this means I get the opportunity to try new products, attend exclusive events and win fabulous prizes! All in the name of fashion.

Follow the category BAZAAR Style Ambassador to stay up to date on my stylish adventures!

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A Wedding Adventure

On September 8, 2012 I attended an outdoor wedding at a lovely home by the river.  The decor was inspired by the Disney movie, Up, and the bride’s favorite colors, purple and gray.  It was beautiful, intimate and picture perfect.  This is what I wore to the balloon-filled affair…

Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Wal-Mart
Earrings: Charlotte Russe
Necklace: My mother’s wedding gift from my father
Citrine Ring: An estate sale
Toe nail polish: Nicole by OPI’s Rainbow in The S-kylie (multicolored glitter) over Shirbud by Sinful (a dark gray)
Gorgeous date: Carlton in Express

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Cut me some Shellac

I know I’m a little late, as always, but I just tried the Shellac manicure for the first time.  As you probably already know, it’s supposed to last up to 14 days.  It’s very shiny, there’s no drying time and supposedly no nail damage.  When I paint my nails with normal polish they chip the very next day.  That’s why I don’t paint them often, although I’m trying to more regularly.

Anyway, for my first Shellac manicure I went to United Hairlines & Tan Lines in Holland, Ohio.  I chose Red Baroness from the 30 available colors and it only took about 40 minutes.  I used a Groupon, but it normally costs $30.  After day one, I am very pleased with the results.  If it lasts a while, like it’s supposed to, I will definitely get another Shellac manicure in the future, possibly for fashion week.  I’ll post an update after 14 days so you can see for yourself.

Next I would like to try Fedora, deep brown with a hint of burgundy; Rock Royalty, deep purple; Asphalt, deep grey or Clearly Pink (duh.)  For warmer weather I’m looking forward to Tutti Frutti, hot pink; Tropix, bright coral and Hotski to Tchotchke, teal.  In March the creators, CND, are releasing six new colors.  If you haven’t already, get Shellacked.

UPDATE: My Shellac manicure only lasted a week 😦

My nails looked near perfect for about 4 days, then began to show wear on the tips and a couple small chips.  Exactly a week after I had it done I noticed that a small piece of the polish on one nail was peeling up.  Not thinking, I pulled at it and half of the polish peeled off!  Like a kid in a candy store, I peeled the polish off of every single nail.  And I loved it, well not the fact that it didn’t last.  But  I have very weak nails that are very pliable so I didn’t expect it to.  Yes, I was disappointed, but I would consider getting it done again for certain events – wedding & honeymoon, fashion week, special vacations…


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