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Nails to ring in the New Year ♥

Simple and chic, but with just a little something extra – a dash of Millionaire!

So I finally tried out the half-moon manicure trend, also sometimes called a moon or reverse french. Personally, I’m really loving it – at least with this pair of polishes and it looks gorgeous in person.

The only thing I forgot to do was apply a layer of top coat over the glitter polish before applying the black, so the black did not come out as smooth as I would have preferred it to be, but I just didn’t feel like starting over :/

I hadn’t cleaned them up yet, so pardon the messy nails…

ArtsyArchitette New Year Holiday Half-Moon Manicure Nails

What’s on my nails:

Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle Salon Strengthener as my base coat, since I recently trimmed my nails down very short and wanted to get a little length back for the holidays.

Nailtini “Millionaire” Lacquer (2 coats) – you can read my thoughts on this polish in my last post.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro “430 Black Satin” Lacquer – love these polishes!

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat

Have a very Happy & Safe New Years!! See you in 2013 ♥

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Fall/Winter 2012 Color Code: Mustard Gold

Back with part three of my Fall/Winter color obsession… 

You can checkout the first two here:

Fall 2012 Color Code: Shades of Eggplant and Fall 2012 Color Code: Rich Blues

Fall + Winter 2012 Color Trends: Mustard Gold

Mustard Gold - Dresses

Burberry silk dress
$310 – flannelsfashion.com

Kaliko shift dress
$96 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Lace dress
modcloth.com

Slip dress
modcloth.com

Bodice dress
modcloth.com

Mustard dress
modcloth.com

Mustard Gold - Coats

Current Elliott cropped jacket
$1,125 – jades24.com

Ted Baker wrap coat
tedbaker-london.com

Jigsaw cotton trench coat
$135 – jigsaw-online.com

Black rivet
wilsonsleather.com

Yellow coat
sammydress.com
Mustard Gold - Tops

Vila
$40 – nelly.com

Sheer top
modcloth.com

Cardigan
$62 – joythestore.com

Chunky cable knit sweater
$37 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Top
modcloth.com

Fat Face button shirt
$24 – fatface.com

V neck top
chicnova.com

Summer cardigan
sheinside.com

Daytrip
buckle.com
Mustard Gold - Bottoms

Jason wu
$1,095 – brownsfashion.com

Diane von furstenberg
matchesfashion.com

Old navy pants
oldnavy.gap.com

Elastic waist skirt
modcloth.com

Cotton shorts
sheinside.com

Skinny leg jeans
allyfashion.com

Old Navy slim jeans
oldnavy.gap.com

VILA pleated shorts
$35 – vila.com
Mustard Gold - Bags & Shoes

Mimco ballerina flat
$72 – mimco.com.au

H M ballerina flat
$13 – hm.com

Urban Originals leather handbag
$94 – theiconic.com.au

Satchel bag
$125 – oliverbonas.com

Aso
asos.com

Yellow tote bag
chicnova.com

Aso
asos.com

Mustard Gold - Accessories

Vintage style necklace
chloeandisabel.com

Timex watch
piperlime.gap.com

Stone jewelry
chloeandisabel.com

Post earrings
chloeandisabel.com

Chloé vintage jewelry
chloeandisabel.com

Kate spade earrings
piperlime.gap.com

Rhinestone jewelry
chloeandisabel.com

Cocktail ring
piperlime.gap.com

Pieces bangle bracelet
$22 – pieces.com

J Crew j crew
net-a-porter.com

Dickins Jones pom hat
$28 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Glove
target.com

Knit shawl
$22 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Sheer shawl
modcloth.com

Yellow hat
target.com

Nars nail polish
beauty.com

Deborah lippmann
barneys.com
more color obsession to come ♥


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Killer Nails

It’s BLOODY SUNDAY!!!!

Dexter + The Walking Dead + Halloween + Blog + Saturday Boredom = Killer Nails!!

This trend pops up frequently around this time of year, for obvious reasons, and of course I had to have a go at it – and I’m definitely loving them!

Plus, for any fellow Dexter fanatics, a little homage to his signature bad guy slice, which of course (if you have been watching this season) he has now had to abandon that killer blood slide trophy ritual.

Personally, I feel this look is best with a deep rich red on nearly nude nails, but you can do with any colors.

No special tools needed here either, just a bobby pin and a flat surface to ensure you can steady your hand and be precise.

Oh, most important, remember to allow the “drips” to thoroughly dry (I would say a good hour or longer), otherwise the color will streak/smear – possibly ruining your work – when you apply the top coat. You can always judge by the first 2 nails you do if you need to allow for more drying time.

What’s on my nails:

  • Essie all in one base coat
  • Ulta It’s Nude to Me nail lacquer – single coat.
  • Ulta Plum Street nail lacquer
  • Ulta top coat (so sad, I ran out of my preferred Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat)


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Fall/Winter 2012 Color Code: Rich Blues

So, as promised, back with post 2 in my Fall color code series… RICH BLUES!

We aren’t talking about your favorite dark wash jeans here, but rich – vibrant – saturated sapphire blues.

Jewel-toned blues that put a spotlight on you as soon as you walk in a room and just like I mentioned in my previous color code post, Shades of Eggplant, you can incorporate this color in so many ways to suit your style. 

Fall + Winter 2012 Color Trends: Rich Blues

Rich Blues - Dresses

Lipsy short dress
$36 – lipsy.co.uk

Zigzag dress
allyfashion.com

Coast chiffon dress
$78 – coast-stores.com

AX Paris open back dress
$40 – axparis.co.uk

Dress
modcloth.com

Jane Norman wrap dress
$96 – janenorman.co.uk
Rich Blues - Coats

Blue coat
romwe.com

Fitted blazer
$45 – newlook.com

Ellen tracy
lordandtaylor.com

Ted baker
tedbaker-london.com

Wool coat
sheinside.com

Trench coat
indressme.com

Blue coat
romwe.com

Rachel zoe
pinterest.com
Rich Blues - Tops

Madewell
madewell.com

J Crew j crew
jcrew.com

Knit top
romwe.com

John lewi
$38 – johnlewis.com

Printed sweatshirt
sheinside.com

Quiksilver shirt
quiksilver.com

Peplum top
allyfashion.com
Rich Blues - Bottoms

Pleated skirt
chicwish.com

Old navy pants
oldnavy.gap.com

Patterned skirt
allyfashion.com

Pencil skirt
topshop.com

Karen millen
karenmillen.com

Rich Blues - Bags & Shoes

Loafer
oldnavy.gapcanada.ca

Ted baker
$160 – johnlewis.com

Hat Attack tote handbag
pinkmascara.com

CC SKYE blue wallet
metroparkusa.com

Vintage handbag
sheinside.com

BDG rucksack bag
urbanoutfitters.com

Lipsy leather satchel
$64 – debenhams.com
Rich Blues - Accessories

Long necklace
etsy.com

Cole haan
colehaan.com

Kate Spade thin belt
katespade.com

J Crew j crew
jcrew.com

La fiorentina
nordstrom.com

Brimmed hat
modcloth.com

2b scarve
2bstores.com

Charlotte Russe scarve
charlotterusse.com

Essie nail polish
nordstrom.com

China glaze
bebeautiful.com

Chloé wrap bracelet
chloeandisabel.com
Look out for more color code posts to come soon…