Thursday, December 19, 2013

Polished Up: OPI's An Affair in Red Square

Today's polish is OPI's An Affair in Red Square. I chose this polish for the upcoming Christmas festivities. This gorgeous red shade is perfect for this time of year. This polish applied like a dream on my nails. It has a smooth formula and I had no problems with streaking. I could have gotten away with just one coat of polish, but for a slightly deeper color I applied two coats.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas outfit ideas

I had so much fun creating outfit ideas for Thanksgiving that I decided to do another for Christmas. I'm hoping the outfits below give you inspiration for your upcoming holiday gatherings. They range from formal to casual. Hope you all are having a fun and relaxed holiday season.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Workwear: How to dress up a black suit

Though I work in a casual office, I know there are those of you out there who have to bring out the business attire five days a week. One of my friends specifically has to wear a black blazer with black pants or a skirt every day to work. That can get boring very quickly, so I wanted to come up with some ways to add style and interesting visual elements to an otherwise monotonous look. A black suit can be a great blank canvas to bring out your own personal style with little touches.
Here are some of the things I came up with.

1. Add a statement necklace. This can be paired with a solid collared shirt or with a solid white tee. I like how the crystal-like necklace pops on the white tee in the photo below.

2. Bright accessories, like the hot pink belt below, can be used to add color and visual interest. It's a fun way to show off your style and give a youthful touch to the outfit.

3. Adding a fun printed top is always a great way to make a black suit interesting, but have you ever added a dress underneath? Below is the dress I used for this look. I paired it under a skit, but since this dress has thin material, it can also be tucked into pants without a lot of bulk. This is a fun way to re-purpose those dresses you wish you could wear to work instead of a suit.

*The dress I used

*Without the blazer (great for after work)
I also added a thick black belt for another statement piece and to tie the look together.
A neutral necklace would also look nice with this outfit (like the crystal necklace in the first photo)

*With the blazer
4. Adding a pair of tights not only adds warmth in the colder months, but is also a way to customize your look. Below I'm wearing a teal color that is appropriate for the season and not too loud (to keep it business appropriate). You could also choose a dark pair with a subtle print for another variation.

Below are more ways you can get creative.

Black Suit 101

  • Shoes are always a great visual statement. If you will be on your feet all day, look for flats with an interesting visual element, like embellishments or a little glitter (fun for a holiday party).
  • Accessorizing doesn't have to stay within the suit. You can also add visual interest with red lips.
  • Your hair can also be a point of interest. A feminine hair pin can make a statement whether your hair is up or down. 
  • A blouse with a neck tie is a great way to add visual interest and there is no need for a necklace with this look.
  • Add a fun, printed scarf to your bag or briefcase.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Polished Up: Sephora's Cupcake Madness

Today's polish review is of Sephora's Cupcake Madness. It is part of Sephora's Color Hit mini nail polish collection that I believe has replaced their older mini polish collection. Cupcake Madness is a lovely, light pink shade with a slight metallic sheen (from very fine silver glitter particles). It applied smoothly and took two coats the achieve the look above. Though I cannot speak for the rest of the collection, the level of opaqueness in this polish does not compare to what I experienced in the older collection of mini Sephora polishes. The staying power is also a little less than the older collection, lasting about 3-4 days before chipping.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Giveaway winner

I'm happy to announce that my blog follower, Katherine Santschi, is the winner of my Avon giveaway! Thank you to everyone who entered and was an active participant in the contest. You all mean a lot to me.

( was used to select the winning party)