Wednesday, June 25, 2014

chanel. eye candy.

talk about eye candy. this bag is amazing.
no diy attempts will be made. ever. i'll just stare at this picture till i get tired/sad. 

image via purse blog

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

city braids.

hair by sean gallagher for serge normant grand street - in the great lawn at central park

summer is here & so is humidity. 
lock your hair up in a fun braid for a frizz free - no fuss summer hair solution.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

summer soltice.

Happy first day of Summer! 

Yesterday I went shopping at Old Navy for shorts in an appropriate length for a 30 year old to wear. Generally there styles are more 'work appropriate' then most of my clothing, so I figured I'd have good luck in the shorts department and I was right!

1. tula 2. old navy 3. old navy 4. coach (similar)

Friday, June 20, 2014

jazz age lawn party.

at governors island in june & august... my favorite day(s) of the year! 
here are a few highlights! i'll finish the commentary later.

more after the jump 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

diy. dylanlex.

Not my best step by step DIY tutorial, but forgive me. 
I've been out of the habit of blogging and made this back in February. But none the less, I'm back & am pretty proud of this!  I'm so obsessed with DYLANLEX, I was actually going to buy the FALKOR necklace and justify it as a 'wedding expense', but they don't have a showroom and I found out that it weighs 1 pound so I had to give up on my dream. 

Keep reading after the jump...

Monday, June 9, 2014

so in January we're gettin' married. diy invitations.

Wedding planning so far...

I've been engaged now for just over 8 months and I feel like I have a pretty good handle on things.  They say the average cost of a wedding in New York City is $76,000 (anywhere else U.S.A. $25,000).  I don't know about you, but in my book $25k still seems like a lot.  But, at some point you just accept the fact that it's going to cost... and hopefully all be worth it. 

That being said, we're striving to spend more along the lines of the national average, but we'll see how it all unfolds.  We definitely have our work cut out for us.  I have plenty of resources in the city, so I fully plan to use them.  But, being that I have recently entered my third decade of life, and none of my city friends are married or engaged, I haven't been given any wise words or friendly advice on how not to have a wedding in the city that costs a million dollars.  

So I'm really excited to share my experiences with you, and hopefully add some inspiration to your own weddings.  One thing that I've realized is going to be really important for me... is to not bite off more then I can chew.  I am well aware that if I try to DIY everything, my head will probably explode, so I really have to recognize some of the choices I make and think objectively if it will literally make me go crazy.

The first thing I am 100% DIY'ing are my wedding invitations!

I found this great Portland based etsy seller named

that makes these amazing custom wedding invitation suites, that are stamps.
You buy the right kind of paper and ink, and you have everything you need to print them yourself.
So it's perfect incase you forget a few people, you can just make a few more.

This full suite + the save the date are $240 & available here.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

the blend by fred segal.

These are my favorite new (to me) fragrances this summer & the concept is so absolutely genius.
The idea is to create an entirely customizable fragrance experience.  I got #5 for my birthday, (which is a lovely intoxicating floral) but have yet to actually use the 'blends' as intended, but #5 is amazing all by itself. 

You can purchase the 10 piece set for $150 or a la cart for $38.00 each.

gel manicure & metallic striping.

Here are the exact products I used to create this design.

1. Red Carpet 'Prep' $3.99
2. Sephora by OPI gelshine 'base coat' $17.50
3. Red Carpet 'White Hot' $9.99
4. Sephora by OPI 'what's a tire jack?' $17.50
5. Sephora by OPI 'top coat' $17.50

I cure each layer for 120 seconds, I might not need to do it for that long, 
but I don't want to take any chances.

You will also need a UV lamp but you can literally use any UV lamp to cure your polish. I'm sure some of them are less harmful then others, but mine is a simple one I found on eBay for $35 a few years back.
The last thing you'll need is some silver metallic nail striping.  Which will cost less then $10 for a few spools. I just use my cuticle scissors (and try not to touch the sticky side) to size each piece across my nail bed. Then I then press down the corners to make sure it's secure with my fingers and then sandwich it between two layers of top coat.  

I do occasionally get a small amount of lifting in the corners but I've sort of figured out to just add extra top coat. But it'll last longer the thinner the application.

Very last step: 
Use a cotton ball with nail polish remover on to and sweep across each nail to remove any weird residue and really make your nails shine. I know this one sounds weird, but I saw my manicurist do it and it really works without messing anything up.