There’s nothing I love more than a fresh manicure. OK, there are many things I love more than a manicure but gettin’ my nails did makes me feel like a million bucks. Unfortunately, those weekly visits to the nail salon quickly add up to just about a million bucks. Every once in awhile I’ll treat myself to professional nail care but I indulge in at-home manis on the reg to save time & money. It’s nothing fancy; Just a few tools & your favorite polish. Follow my easy steps to do your nails at home & cut costs!
Start by taking off all of your jewelry.
gifted giraffe jewelry dish
Make sure you’re working with clean nails. Trim & file nails to your preferred length then buff. Dab cuticle oil/lotion on your cuticles & gently push them back. Then use cuticle clippers to trim.
Wash your hands then begin with base coat.
Next, layer on your favorite shade of polish. I recommend two coats for best results.
Clean up edges with the pointed tip of your emery board or your thumbnail. For excessive outside the line painting use nail polish remover on a q-tip.
Layer on a quick dry top coat.
* I swear by this top coat – it stinks & I’m almost positive it’s borderline illegal in California but it’s the quickest drying & hardening top coat I’ve ever used & locks your shiny new manicure for an entire week.
Et voila! You’ve just pampered yourself with an at-home mani without blowing through 25 bucks you can now spend on gourmet mac & cheese. You’re welcome.
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Photos by Yvonne Rock
After yesterday’s post, I received quite a few emails about how exactly to take a work look straight from the office to happy hour / date night / girl party at the local wine bar. Every outfit & destination is, of course, it’s own situation but making 3 subtle changes will make a world of difference no matter what you’re wearing or where you’re going, & most importantly, who you’re meeting.
Desk: Work bag | Drinks: Oversized clutch
You can still pour all of the essentials from your day bag into your happy hour hand-held, just leave the unnecessary bulk at the office. There’s no need for your 3 inch planner & 16 different hand lotions at the local watering hole
Desk: Nude lip | Drinks: Dark [seasonal] lip
If you can get away with a colored lip in the halls of your office then more power to you. If not, leave the dark stuff in your desk drawer ’til it’s quittin’ time & stick with a lighter look during daylight hours. When it’s a little warmer out, I gravitate towards a pop of pink for most outdoor occasions
Desk: Patent pumps | Drinks: Metallic flats
The last thing I’m interested in doing after 8+ hours in 3 inch heels is frolicking around town in another or, even worse, the same pair of heels. Read my lips: Flats don’t have to be dull. Invest in a fun pair to slip into once the bar specials roll around. By closing time, you’ll be thankful that you did!
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So, you want to stack an arm arm party but have no clue where to begin. You’re overwhelmed by just glancing at the overflowing bowls of shiny baubles on your dresser or worse, you’ve never placed a single BaubleBar order & have no idea where to begin. No, you can’t just wrap floss around your wrist. Whether you’re heading to work or hitting the town, follow the easy steps below for any flavor of arm party.
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For a chunky party with a little color [you know me well enough to know white is absolutely a color] keep those favorites in play & invite a loud friend. Mine was a sweet gift from a sweet friend ::hint hint: the holidays are approaching :: & I wear it quite frequently to add a little color to my otherwise all black ensembles.
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For 9-5 scenarios, keep it simple – no if’s, and’s or but’s. I wear a watch on the daily, but if that’s not your cup of tea, keep it simple & cohesive with 3 thin bracelets. If you’re a righty make sure the arm party is on your left wrist. There’s nothing more unprofessional than the jingle jingle of your jewelry whilst your shaking hands. OK, there are a lot of things more unprofessional than that but just do it. It’s tacky, otherwise.
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Worst case scenario, you have absolutely nothing to contribute to any sort of arm party. You don’t have bangles to layer & you have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention bracelets with texture. Don’t panic. Head to Bauble Bar, Capwell Co, or Jeweliq to rectify the situation immediately. In the meantime, fake it. When I’m having a lazy day or don’t want to be fumbling with 42 jingle jangles on my wrist I reach for my favorite gold piece from Capwell Co. It’s 5 bracelets in one & makes life a million times easier.
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