Halloween Manis

I really wanted to go all out with some festive nails this season, but I just couldn’t get into the mood. There’s an abundance of inspirational Halloween designs and styles that don’t look like they take too much effort to create; my issue is they just look a little.. “youthful.” Like, I’m too old to rock certain looks. Or I’m just not into Halloween like that. So I went on the hunt to find the oxymoron that is sophisticated Halloween nail art:

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I adore this simple style. It can easily be created with a thin striping brush and a steady hand. Plus the tone of this particular orange puts a twist on the traditional orange and black combo.

black cat halloween nail decals by pinegalaxy. halloween nails for girls-t04635

 

With a classic black cat nail decal, you can use any base coat to make this Halloween nail design pop. Meowwww!!

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Sooo not a fan of the creepy stiletto nail, but it gets a pass this time of year. Even in solid black, this shape makes a statement. Add some spiked gems to your ring finger and bamm! These would definitely complete a cat or witch costume too!

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Try a little spin on the traditional white French tip by using the heart-shaped style in black or orange. Super fun meets classy!

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Black varnish always says gothic, dark, but at the same time, it’s timeless. Anyone can pull it off any time of the year, every season, but it works especially well for Halloween if you want to get into the spirit, but just a little. 

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Black tips are sexy and bold, and surely have some festive flavor. If you’re feeling a little  more spirited, try your favorite shade of orange as your main color, or use it as your tip color with a black base. This style can be created easily with striping tape. 

If you’re not into diy nails, a good aesthetician can create any of these simple nail art designs for you. But if you’re on a budget and/or feeling ambitious, take your time to try one out in the comfort of your own home [for free if you already have the tools you need.]  Sidenote: please make sure your cuticles aren’t scary; rough cuticles can really ruin an awesome paint job! 

What nail designs will you be dipping into?? Are you into more literal styles that scream Halloweeeeeen?! Happy painting, ladies!! Muah hahahaa!

 

Orange is the New Black?

***DISCLAIMER!!!***

***This post is NOT about the hit Netflix show! I apologize to its fans who got excited by the title of this post. (I heard it’s great though, so I’ll have to check it out!)***

I’m not a huge fan of the color orange. I used to be as a kid; it was actually my favorite! But I haven’t worn solid orange in I dunno how long. It just reminds me of the tan mom, vomit and oompa loompas. I’d rather keep it in the family by wearing paprika, coral or peach. But tis the season, right?? If you’re like me and don’t have definite plans for Halloween next week, there’s no reason to not get into the spirit by wearing orange instead of a costume. And what makes it [“it” being an article of clothing] more appealing than a costume is that it can be worn other days/times of the year and it might even cost less. So scroll with me and see what beautiful, fun pieces red and yellow’s baby can create:

Miss S Orange Dress

by Miss S

How sweet is this little tangerine frock??! Its classic a-line cut is flattering for most body types and the seam detail fancies it up a bit.

For work: Add simple stud earrings, a nice watch and leopard print flats.

For play: Sexy it up with a dramatic smokey eye, a shiny contrasting belt (maybe a funky, graphic print), and some of your highest pumps. And of course you can take this into the cold of winter with a cozy scarf, bolero jacket, tights and booties.

Manolo Blahniks

Manolo Blahniks

Now an orange shoe I can definitely do. It adds just the perfect amount of fun and a serious pop of color to your ensemble. These shoes can honestly make an outfit, bring life to it.

For work: Adding these Minolos to a crispy white shirt and paisley pencil skirt = sexyday at work!

For play: Add a deep burgundy lip to the work look and you’re made. Or pair this pair with a solid, monochromatic nighttime look, like a fun white minidress. The pumps can also funk up a simple jumpsuit.

by lyst.com

on lyst.com

Y’all know how I feel about leggings. This collared blouse would go perfectly with leggings! And its light fabric makes it great for layering in the cooler months.

For work: If you don’t work in an office/business casual environment, pair this orangey tunic with some leggings or skinnies (printed or solid) and comfy loafers.

For play: Switch out your flats for some pumps or booties. Try adding a vest with some texture, like pleather or suede, and some statement jewelry.

by Jean Paul Gaultier

by Jean Paul Gaultier

These bold orange trousers steal the show, so to avoid looking like a clown, balance out their vibrancy with muted tones and creamy tints.

For work: I visualize these pants with a barely taupe pullover sweater layered with a white printed button up. A peach blouse tucked in with a matching belt would look marvelous too.

For play: A solid or printed peplum top would look amazing paired with some sexy pumps. And if you’re wondering, black shoes will work because you won’t see much of them with the cut of these pants.

ASOS

ASOS

I love the movement in this dress. It can make an appearance at any holiday party on your calendar.

For work?: Not really, imo… It’s a little short and the shiny fabric screams nightlife. Hit a red carpet or something.

For play: It’s already sexy, so keep it that way by completing the look with tights and pumps. And again, black tights with black heels would work! Just make sure they’re matte. Add a statement necklace for a touch of sophisticated whimsy.

on HoddyShop.com

on HoddyShop.com

I actually like how this orange blouse it styled on the model. It can definitely transcend the seasons and it works for almost all body types.

For work: The wrap/kimono style creates a slight peplum which would pair well with a pencil skirt or trousers.

For play: A pencil skirt, trousers or even tweed shorts can complete a look with this orange top. Anchor it all with some chunky wedges or booties and you’re golden.

I’ll admit that searching and reporting back my findings definitely helped change my mind about solid orange. Slightly. It’s still nowhere near my favorite, but I’ll keep my eyes open for it when I’m looking for something new for my wardrobe. [Seriously, I have like one orange (50%red, 50%yellow) tank that’s been collecting dust in my closet because I still have never worn it!] And let’s be real, black cannot be replaced! Orange will never be the new black! (Precisely why I can never go to prison.) Cute title for the show though.

gray weather

Hellooo there fellow bloggers and gray sueders!! What’s up? I know it’s been a looooong time, and I apologize, but I’m back. I know what you’re thinking: this broad said that before and left us! But this time it’s for real. No more games. I got a new computer of my own (AND internet access) so there is. absolutely. no. excuse. From this day forward, I am going to (try to) commit to at least one blog a week. Also, thank you thank you to my handful of followers! I hope you’re still hanging in there with me (you know how life is!) Anyway, I will continue to keep you abreast of my opinions on fashion, health, beauty, music and ..whatever else I feel like touching on. So enjoy and tell a friend!

Now back to your regularly scheduled blog post………..

It’s that time again, folks. The air is crisp, the day is shorter, and leaves are (uh, basically dying) turning from bright green to those bold, fiery tones that can only represent autumn.  Are you as excited as I’m not? Even though I hate the cold, I do love a warm cup of cocoa or cider, scarves, boots, cuddling and pumpkin spice any and everything. So bundle up, ladies. And keep it classy (you know the unwritten rules of leggings! Please review if you “forgot.”) Happy layering!!

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Acne Studios leather sleeve top
$230 – jades24.com

Splendid green legging
net-a-porter.com

Charlotte Russe ankle booties
charlotterusse.com

Givenchy shoulder bag
net-a-porter.com

Just Acces ring
asos.com

Futabaya scarve
boticca.com

Marc Jacobs square frame glasses
$180 – theoutnet.com

OPI gray nail polish
$18 – debenhams.com