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Hey guys

So you should probably know that I’m kinda obsessed with nail polish.  Nail art? Check.  Nail magazines? Check.  Nail dryer? Check.

Anyway, I am writing to tell you that I am featured in Liquid Jelly‘s Friday Food and Nails post.  I sent in my picture (which I admit isn’t the best, compared to the gorgeous pics the other bloggers have) and I got in!  Yay!

Check it out here.  Thanks to Liz from Liquid Jelly for putting me in.  I will be in next week’s FFAN post as well, with my watermelon toes.

These nails are done freehand.  What I used:

  • OPI Start to Finish base/top coat
  • Essie Smokin’ Hot (dark grey)
  • OPI Austin-tacious turquoise
  • OPI turquoise shatter

There are trends in nail polish, of course, so I will share with you my forecast.

  • Olive green.  Like an army green, this corresponds with the military style clothing we’ve been seeing on the runways.  (Try OPI Uh Oh Roll Down the Window or Zoya Dree)
  • Grey.  Maybe I’m just saying that because I happened to be wearing grey in that post, but really. Grey.  Ooh!  (Try Essie Smokin’ Hot or Essie Chinchilly.)
  • Nail strips.  I tried some of these back in spring and they worked fairly well.  (Try Sally Hansen, they’re coming out with some new ones for halloween!)
  • Shatter.  I looove shatter.  Though my friend thinks that the shatter was a lab experiment, I still like it.  Which color?  I have black, turquoise, silver and blue.  The blue is from Sally Hansen and the other three OPI.  I’m looking forward to the new hot pink shatter by OPI which is coming out Sept/Oct .  OPI does an annual polish called Pink of Hearts and they donate some of the proceeds to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  OPI also donates $25,000.  (Not to mention the hot pink shatter is just so cool!)
  • Glitter? Nail art?  I love both of these so I would be happy if that was trendy.  Glitter has a presence in most of the major nail companies’ fall collections.  Don’t you just love that Miss Universe collection OPI has out?!  (The Muppets collection has loads of glitter too…I’ve seen it and it is awesome!)  Nail art might become popular too, but I think it’s too hard for the average work going person to do.

So fashionistas, should I become a nail blog?  Take the poll and comment!

The Fashionista

Since I usually post about things that are under $50, I figured I would do a post about things that are over $50.

Some popular high end brands include:

  • Coach
  • Burberry
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Gucci
  • Dolce and Gabbana
  • Max Azria (and BCBG Max Azria)
  • Miu Miu

High end stuff usually comes with a bit of prestige.  People will notice things like a Coach bag or a pair of Miu Miu flats.  Your whole outfit doesn’t have to scream “$$$!” but a statement piece will get their attention.  A powerful outfit (especially if it coordinates with said statement piece) will keep their attention.

Now be warned that my Polyvore set is going to contain some very high dollar items.  This is an unrealistic post for me, but what the heck?!  I feel like it.

High End Fashion Aug 2011
The Fashionista

As promised (and a tad bit late) here is my post on Beachy Style.

There are many places you can go on the beach.  I will explore the style elements of each.

  1. The Boardwalk.  On the boardwalk, you can wear pretty much anything, as long as you keep it casual.  No heels, please, unless you want to get stuck and fall.  Most popular were short-shorts.  I only saw three rompers, though those three girls rocked it.
  2. The Beach.  Your bathing suit, sunglasses, sunscreen and a cute cover-up.  In terms of cover-ups, you can wear shorts or a sundress.
  3. Restaurant: Casual.  Wear a sundress (no bathing suit under it this time) or a floral shirt.  Pair the floral shirt with denim to keep it casual, but then accessorize with some gladiators (love gladiators!) and sparkly nails.
  4. Restaurant: Fancy.  Fancy dress or a skirt.  Accessorize!  Put on makeup.  Most of the other times on the beach you don’t want to wear makeup because of the heat, it would melt and run off.  Ew!

Basically, beach style is pretty care free because, well, you’re at the beach!  You shouldn’t be worrying about your outfit.  But if you have to, use the tips above.  Enjoy your vacation!  Or, if you’re not on vacation, take the tips and just imagine you’re at the beach 🙂

Beachy Style 2011

 

The Fashionista

Now we’re in the heat of the summer and I welcome that.  Bring on color, short-shorts and floral print.  A post about beachy style will be coming soon!  But first, lets talk 4th fashion.

BBQ: Red, white and blue of course! A red and white striped shirt with some navy blue shorts would be perfect. If you’re feeling stylish, try a blue floral skirt with a navy blue tank top.

Fireworks: They’re at night, so you want to bring a blanket and a cardigan.  Also, avoid white in case of grass stains.  Perhaps go for something with a bit of sparkle that would catch the light of the fireworks.

Pool Party: Wear a sundress over your bathing suit.  Pop on some gladiators and some Sally Hansen or Sephora by OPI nail strips.

July 4th 2011 Fashion

 

Happy Fourth of July!

The Fashionista

Hey.  I’m sorry I haven’t been posting as much, but life has just been a little crazy lately.

I’ve spied some trends that I think are notable.

First, nail art.  I am a huge fan of this, and there are many products to help you do your own nails instead of shelling out big dollars at a salon.  OPI Shatter nail polish is super trendy.  You paint a color (any, but bright ones like pink and white work best) on your nails like usual, and then paint the shatter over it.  Watch as the nail polish shatters or cracks.  It dries matte, but if you want a shine you can paint a clear coat over top.  OPI shatter collection is available on Amazon and in some beauty stores.  Visit OPI.com for more details and to find a location near you.

Second, floral.  Floral is pretty easy to wear.  Pair it with some gladiator sandals and a bright nail color, and you’re set.

Third, color blocking.  Take a bunch of bold colors and throw them together in an outfit.  For a better idea of what it is, look at the Polyvore set below.  Tie it together with a solid color belt or shoes.


June 2011 Trends
The Fashionista

So plaid was big last year.  Obviously.  Everywhere you looked, you would see it. Plaid shorts, plaid skirts, plaid tops, plaid hats.  Wow.  Here’s how to wear it.

How: A solid top or bottom (depending on where you’re wearing it).  Gladiator sandals displaying a perfect pedicure, which preferably matches the shorts.

Where: Out and about.  It’s not for fancy dinners, though.  Go for more of the shopping, gardening, grocery store type trips.

When: Spring and Summer.  It’s not for Winter.

What: Nail art (for a tutorial, go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw1s_mhE0O0), shorts, shirts, bathing suits.  Anything.

Plaid

The Fashionista

Hi everyone!  As you know, I’m a huuuuuuuuge Gleek.  So when Glee was nominated for, count them, 19 Emmy’s, I was beyond psyched..  Yay, Glee’s getting noticed!

Yes, they only won 2 (I think), and I completely disagree with that, but the 2 that they won were the ones that were best deserved.  For those of you who don’t know, Jane Lynch and Ryan Murphy won for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, respectively.

Edit 8/31: They won 4 Emmy’s.  The other two were:

  • Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Neil Patrick Harris as Bryan Ryan for “Dream On”
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (1-hour): Phillip W. Palmer, Doug Andham, Joseph H. Earle for “The Power of Madonna”

Now, I must discuss outfits.  I’ll give my opinion, the picture, and then a poll so you can voice your opinion.  Please comment with your opinions!

Dianna Agron from Glee

Dianna, though beautiful, totally missed the mark in this dress.  I mean, the lace is pretty, but there’s just too much of it.

Heidi Klum from Project Runway

Heidi’s dress is just too small.  I like the neckline and basically everything about it, except the length.

Claire Danes from Temple Grandin

I like this dress.  It’s so chic, and glamorous.  This, to me, is what Hollywood gowns should look like.

Lea Michele from Glee

I love Lea and her style.  (OK, practically everything about her.   Her voice, her style, the fact she’s on Glee…)  This dress is awesome.  I love the color (I have a nail polish the same color), and I think the silhouette is cool.

Thoughts?  Share in the comments!

Hugs and air Kisses,

The Fashionista

(pictures from yahoo.com, except the one of Dianna Agron.  That’s from justjared.com)


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