Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday, Monday



Nothing like accidentally sleeping in on Monday to start the week off right...

Shirt: Pitaya
Cardigan: Ann Taylor Outlet
Jeans: The Gap Outlet
Necklace: Christmas present from my sister
Ring: Old Navy
Watch: Boccia

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Glitz

I've been seeing the glitter gradient nails all over Pinterest (here, here, here, and here!) and finally tried it out for myself. It was relatively easy - you just layer the glitter more the closer you get to the tip.

Base: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Plums the Word
Glitter: Essie Set in Stone
Ring: Forever 21

Florence + the Machine

I'm a huge fan of Florence + the Machine. My friend Lizzi and I saw them last year at Summerfest and once we heard they were coming back to Milwaukee, we bought our tickets immediately.

On our way to Milwaukee we stopped at the Outlet Mall in Johnson's Creek. We made sure to follow our rules of only buying something if we really liked it, rather than the "But its on sale and cheap!" trap that outlet malls make you fall for. So I only bought a few things, but I'm happy with my purchases.

After a few interesting encounters, including catching a girl while she fainted, Florence + the Machine played. She is an amazing singer, and so beautiful. We just stood there in awe of her. If you ever get the chance to see them live...just do it.


Blouse: H&M
Jacket: Banana Republic
Jeans: Gap
Boots: Frye
Socks: Urban Outfitters
Ring: Old Navy
Bracelets: Forever 21



Friday, April 27, 2012

Primary Colors

I don't generally coordinate my outfits to my manicure...but I felt inspired! 

Blouse: Old Navy
Cardigan: Target
Watch: Fossil
Bracelets: Forever 21, Nordstrom
Nails: Essie Mezmerised

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nautical

Doesn't it just make you want to set sail?

It makes me wish I had this ring

Base: Essie in Mezmerised

Abstract


Did I lie a few days ago when I said I didn't own any floral shirts? This seems more abstract shapes than florals, but my co-worker commented on my floral cardigan today, so I suppose that makes me a liar...

Cardigan: Target
Shirt: Banana Republic
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Ring: JCPenneys
Bracelet: Australian

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Kate Spade Inspiration

I purchased my first Kate Spade purse in February (after finding out about the flash sale they were having thanks to Chloe!) and I immediately fell in love. The inside is this great polka dot pattern, which became obvious inspiration for a manicure.

Base: Sally Hanson Complete Salon Manicure in Pink Slip
Dots: Sephora by OPI in Chestnuts About You

Leopard, in large format

I saw this post from Lilly's Style last week and although J.Crew is outside my normal clothing budget, I loved her shirt, I had a giftcard and it was on sale.

The shirt arrived in the mail on Monday and when I first put it on....I started cursing myself for buying something online at final sale. I love a leopard print in small doses, but an entire shirt? Breaking it up with a cardigan helped me overcome the "only in small portions" fear of leopard but I'm still unsure. What are your thoughts? Are animal prints reserved for belts and shoes, or welcome as entire pieces of clothing?

Blouse: J. Crew
Cardigan: Forever21
Jeans: Joe's Jeans
Watch: Boccia

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Florals, in not so baby steps

Blouse: H&M (new)
Belt: Forever 21
Jeans: Urban Outfitters
Bracelet: Forever 21
Nails: Essie Berry Naughty

This is the first floral shirt to join my closet since probably the 90's. Go big or go home, right?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Nail Striping

Since graduating, I've had a lot more time on my hands so even though I spend half the day in gloves, I like to make sure my nails are pretty. I'm obsessed with Pshiiit, which may or may not mean something in French. I'm so inspired by the website, even though I can't understand a single word. One of my all time favorite nail patterns of hers is one using striping tape, which I had never heard of. A quick stop at eBay, and $1.50 and 2 weeks later, I was the proud owner of my own set of striping tape. Can't wait to try out all of the colors!


Essie in Berry Naughty
Ring from American Eagle

Another Striped Shirt?



T-Shirt: Urban Outfitters
Cardigan: Banana Republic Outlet
Jeans: Gap
Necklace: Aldo
Bracelet: Tiffanys
Ring: American Eagle (on sale)
Nails: Essie Berry Naughty

....the answer is yes, I did need another striped shirt in my closet.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Feathers + Blazers

Blouse: Francesca’s
Blazer: H&M
Watch: Boccia
Necklace: Anniversary present from my generous boyfriend :)

Stripes + Leopard


Shirt: UO
Cardigan: American Eagle (old)
Belt: Gap
Watch: Fossil

Mixed Metal Bangles

Newest bangle additions from Forever21. I’m loving the mix of metals, plus the heart bracelet is cute enough without being overly girly.

German Professor


Chambray: Old Navy  (in tall) 
Blazer: H&M
Necklace: H&M

Walking out of work today, I realized my outfit today is something my favorite German professor used to wear. So either that’s awesome, or incredibly lame.

Stripes on Stripes

T-Shirt: Gap
Cardigan: Target with new buttons
Necklace: Australia
Watch: Fossil
Bracelet: DIY

Office Colorblocking

Button up: Gap
Cardigan: Gap
Necklace: Walmart  
Watch: Fossil
Bracelet: Express

April Birchbox



June Jacobs Perfect Pumpkin Peeling Enzyme Masque
Viva La Juicy Perfume Sample
Color Club Nail Polish In Age of Aquarius
Be Fine face wash and moisturizer
Show Stoppers Strips

This was my first Birch Box and I’m so excited about it. Shout out to the Stylish Housewife for introducing me! Interested in getting your own box of samples every month? Join here!

Tart Deco


Base: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in White On
Dots: Essie in Tart Deco - made with a piece of pencil lead

Chinchilly Sparkle

Essie's Chinchilly + Set in Stone

Blazers, Oxfords and Tiffanys


Blazer: Lauren Conrad for Kohls
Button up: Gap
Belt: Gap
Watch: Fossil
Bracelet: Tiffanys