Polished // Winter Pinks

You may remember by obsession with nail colors. If you follow me instagram you know you that my nails are rarely bare; something about having my nails done makes me feel like I have my life together, you know? And when I find a new color I love – on top of the world. So when the temps started dropping and my pink hues started to feel like a lie, I was so excited to spot some slightly cloudy and smokey versions of my favorite pink polishes.

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Here are the three I’ve trusted so far this winter. Day brighteners!!!! (To Note: Essie’s Topless and Barefoot looks a little more beige on the website than it does in real like – it’s honestly the most perfect winter pink of all three below.)

Also, Have you tried the Deborah Lipman Pro Gel set yet? MUST!!!! The cost is a little ‘whaaaaaaaa’ but hands down worth it!!!! More on that later; I’ve tried it with almost every other brand and can report the brands with which it’s compatible and the brands with which you get the peels.)

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Debora Lipman | Before He Cheats (Also LOVE Baby Love)

Sephora Formula X | Dollface (Also love Breathtaking!)

Essie | Topless and Barefoot

Sink or Swim // TargetSwim for a #NoFOMO Summer

They say the magic happens outside of your comfort zone. So I guess it’s only fitting that my first post post-hiatus would be one for which I was required to move SERIOUSLY outside of my comfort zone! If you followed this blog last year then you know I’m much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. Which is exactly why teaming up with Target to explore the idea of a #NoFOMO summer was a perfect way to force the realization of two 2016 goals: Get uncomfortable. And get back to your blog already.

Check and check. (so I guess this is my sink or swim moment.)

I feel like I’m speaking to a long lost friend right now. The kind you meet for lunch after not seeing each other for a year and you feel like you can just breezily jump right into the fun parts, pretending the big life events and reasons you fell out of touch don’t matter quite yet. We’ll get there; I have a whole 10-part series of what I discovered while on hiatus (from products to feels), as well as a mini update on, well, everything.

But, as friends who haven’t chatted in ages, let’s just have fun, k? Cause look at these fun suits!!! (and say hi to Mitz!)

Target Swim Band 2

Target Swim Band 1

Target Swim Geo Bikini

Target Swim one-piece 1

Target Swim one-piece 2

Target Swim One Piece 3 v2

Target Swim One PIece 4

Every year I say I’m going to spend more time at the beach and by the pool and every year I get too busy. How? Then, riddled with FOMO I get to August like huh? (You can relate, I’m sure!) Not this year, though. This year I’m scheduling pool time like meetings and beach weekends like mandatory retreats.

I had so much fun trying on different suits and thinking of ways you could go from beach to Boardwalk bar with just an additional piece of two. And P.S. I’ve been searching for two seasons trying to find a one piece that was fun, flattering and not super mom-like. Score! I love how the one-piece below can be worn under denim cut-offs or a maxi skirt and look so festival ready.

More updates to come! I mean, obviously I have so much more news, but theres one piece of news I’m especially excited about. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!! Let’s just say that out of ten 2016 goals THREE of them were realized just this week and I’m bursting. I’ll be sharing more but here’s a hint re the third one: El Salvador. xo!

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Bikini Top #1: Massimo Black and White Bandeau Bikini Top
Floppy hat: Merona Black Felt Floppy
Bikini Top #2 (LOVE the geometric tops out for this summer): Xhilaration Bikini Top
Strappy One-Piece (everyone’s favorite so far!): Massimo Strappy One Piece
High-Waisted Denim Shorts: (similar) High Rise Jean Shorts
Strappy Sandals: (similar) Lavinia Slide Sandals

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Wise Words From My Sherman

“You’ll never challenge yourself if you don’t change your gaze now and then.”

Words of wisdom, right? My yoga teacher said this to me this morning after giving me an adjustment, and it really resonated. Sure enough, despite usually feeling perfectly balanced and rock solid in the poses that followed, changing my gaze challenged me to the point of feeling wobbly, which was a pretty foreign feeling to me in yoga. I may not be the most flexible person I know, but I can usually balance like nobody’s business. Apparently I wasn’t as balanced as I thought, though, because the slightest change threw me for a loop. It was a lesson I needed on so many levels: No matter how ‘balanced’ I think I am, true, unshakebale balance is only found when that stability can be challenged and still remain in tact.

Oh, and my yoga teacher’s name is Sherman.

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Mad About Nude // 5 Nude Shoes That are Perfect For Summer

Call me predictable, but I’m definitely one who’s always out for the most versatile options possible, so, naturally, nude shoes are usually a staple in my wardrobe. They’re just so easy to wear with everything from sundresses to cutoffs to crisp white pants, and they add the perfect touch of polish, don’t they? You can’t help but look so “together” when wearing an awesome pair of leg elongating nudes. And some of the options out this season are just too cute. Here are my five favorite selections and why. If only I could add all five of these gems to my closet I’d be set for the season!

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Tory Burch Viv Two Tone d’Orsay Flats
Steve Madden ‘Comma’ Leather Sandal
Joie A la Plage Bastia Thong Sandals
Pour La Victoire Yermak Cutout Sandals
Rachel Zoe Nancy Strappy Wedges
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A Little Mid-Century Modern Inspo

I spotted this Case Study Planter earlier this week and immediately fell in love with it. I’ve been wanting to add a few plants to my space — you know, decorate with new life and love — but I keep chickening out! Partly because I’m afraid I’ll kill them and have to face myself over it, partly because I just don’t know where to begin! Nonetheless, the planter inspired a whole mood board of desired mid-century modern-inspired upgrades. Hope you’re having an awesome week! (PS did you know that some plants can actually clean your air? I wrote a little piece about it for work… check it out!)

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top / bottom / left / right
Grasshopper Task Table Lamp
Eiffel Dining Chair
Jo Malone London Candle
Large Lucite Geo Tray
Gold Form Jug
Stadler Form Fan
Ferm Wire Basket
Merci Word Play Sign
Tropical Banana Leaves Watercolor Print
Case Study Planter

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5 Chic Alternatives to Birkenstocks

There have been some quote, unquote fashion trends over the years that I have vehemently opposed: flat forms; crocks; cargo pants. But one that has always stood strong at the top of my ‘never’ list is the “Arizona” Birkenstock. Well, like the herpes of fashion, this shoe is back on the scene with a vengeance. Although.. while I continue to read reports of the classic Birkenstock being “back,” I’ve yet to see a single warm-weather gal wear the shoe. Nonetheless, here are a few sandals that are perfect alternatives to the clunky, boyish sandal + a couple alternative Birkenstocks that offer up a slightly chic twist.

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