Thursday, December 8, 2011

Nicole by OPI "Orna-Ment For Each Other" Swatch + Review

two coats, natural light

*sigh* I probably sound like a broken record at this point but I feel like I have to say it again. Nicole by OPI did an outstanding job with their Holiday Glitter Collection. All four of the polish are fantastic quality and the colors are drool worthy.

This particular shade, is a red polish with medium sized gold and red glitter. Out of all the polishes, I think the color is the most Christmas-y. I'm pretty sure this color is my favorite but I'm sure that will change. I can't seem to make up my mind.

Here is a closer picture. It is a better view of the gold and red glitter. As much as I love OPI, I have to admit that this holiday--with the glitter and Kardashian collections--Nicole by OPI is easily outshining its older sister company. A swatch for the final polish in this collection, "Glitter in My Stocking" will be up soon.

FTC: This polish was given to me for review.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nicole by OPI "My Sleigh's in the Shop" Swatch + Review

two coats, natural light

Another color from Nicole by OPI's Holiday Glitter Collection. I am officially obsessed with these colors. Each time I apply a polish, I think that I've found a favorite. That is, until I apply another one and my opinion shifts. This color doesn't really scream Christmas but there is no denying that its a beautiful color. Most of the purple polishes I own are much darker or lighter and I find this middle ground polish extremely refreshing. The Holiday Glitter Collection continues to impress me and I've only gotten through two shades. I can't wait to try the other two colors on! I guarantee more swatches will be coming soon. This color applies smoother than Snow-Man of My Dreams. A topcoat isn't completely necessary. *sigh* I know I keep saying this but Nicole by OPI really hit it out of the park with this collection. Simply marvelous.

FTC: These polishes were sent to me for consideration.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Nicole by OPI "Snow-man of My Dreams" Review + Swatch

Two coats, natural light

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, it will soon be the most wonderful time of the year. What does that mean? Glitter nail polish, of course. And Nicole by OPI's newest Glitter Holiday Collection is the perfect remedy for anyone suffering from glitter withdrawal. Swatches of all four colors will be coming soon but as soon as I tried on this shimmery, cool blue I knew that it deserved it's own post.

The glitter in this polish is chunky and gritty. A top coat is needed for a glossy, smooth finish. But as much as I love this color, I have a strong feeling that it won't just chip but remove entire patches of polish with little effort. Quick last minutes warning: I've used this color twice and the polish in the bottle is already starting to get goopy and hard to apply--clumping on the brush. It isn't a huge deal now but it will only get worse as time goes on. Just something to be aware of before buying. *sigh* But I really, really love the color.

P.S. Sorry for the depressing state of my cuticles. With finals week approaching, my nerves are fried.

FTC: Product was sent to me for review


Monday, November 21, 2011

How To Make Pumpkin Spice Cake Pops

1. Mix together 1/2 cup of unsalter butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 2 large eggs, and 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree

2. Mix together 1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of backing soda, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves, and 1/2 teaspoon salt

3. And then mix it all together

5. Put batter in a pie pan

5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (177 degrees C) and cook for 18-20 minutes

6. Take the cake and mix it in with frosting until it easy to mold (similar to the consistency of cookie-dough)


7. Using an ice cream scooper, form the dough into balls

8. Dip the lollipop sticks into melted chocolate and push the stick into the balls. The chocolate will harden and prevent the cake from falling off the stick.

9. Dip the ball into the melted chocolate until the entire surface is covered

10. Optional: We made these cake pops around Halloween and so we used black food dye to make faces and a green tictac to act as the stem. But be as creative as you want at this step.

If you try to make your own cake pops I hope they turn out as delicious and beautiful as ours. It was really fun to get into the kitchen. Even though I don't like pumpkin, I loved eating these. Anyway. I hope you liked this post and I might be doing more baking posts in the future.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Aerie Holiday Trunk Show 2011








Last Thursday I had the amazing opportunity to attend Aerie's Holiday Trunk Show at my local mall with a couple of my friends. I first heard about the show through Aerie's twitter and then I went to their Facebook page to learn more about the details. Essentially it was an event open to anyone who wanted a glimpse at their new holiday collection before anyone else.

I will admit, it being my first trunk show, I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was very low-key and all the girl's were extremely friendly. When I first arrived, not much of the new collection was out but the girls working were doing their best to get everything on display for shoppers. I checked out the Slim Gyms [also known as yoga pants], the hats [do you like my picture above], and then the bras [all of them were 40% off]. But my favorite pieces weren't actually clothing items but the slippers. Perfect for the holiday season. I couldn't decided which ones I like best. Heck, I couldn't even decide which color I wanted. But in the end I decided on blue. I felt they were more festive. I'm also kind of regretting not getting this super cute deer top. But I don't really need it. Do I?

We finally left the store but I'm sad to say minus the puff-ball hat. But I enjoyed my experience--even if my wallet wouldn't agree--and I'm officially in the mood for Christmas even though it's not even Thanksgiving yet. Before I went to college I never lived near an Aerie store and I wasn't really familiar with the merchandise. It shouldn't be surprising that I like the stuff so much considering what an American Eagle junkie I am. For those who don't know, Aerie is more laid back style of clothes. Comparable to the things at VS PINK--but for the American Eagle girl. That means less branding and more affordable.

Do you attend Aerie's trunk show? If you did, what did you think? And for those who didn't know or have the chance to attend, what do you think of Aerie? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Taylor Swift's Street Style

Taylor Swift leaving the BBC Radio Studios in London wearing distressed brown oxfords, fitted dark-wash jeggings, oversized crochet blush sweater, simple black tank, striped blue and white knitted beanie, light brown cross-body handbag, and gold chain necklace with pendant [left].

Taylor Swift at the BBC Radio Sutdios in London wearing textured black tights, black oxfords heels, fuschia button-up shirt dress, sleek black peacoat, and light brown handbag [right].

Taylor Swift shopping in Beverly Hills wearing an oversized sweater with a perfume print, delicate gold chain with charm, large statement earrings, slouched dark brown ankle boots, fitted black jeggings, canvas and leather shoulder bag, and red wayfarer sunglasses [left].

Taylor Swift visiting the MTV Studios in London wearing nude kitten heels with bow embellishments, turquoise floral dress, and oversized off-white cardigan [right].

What do you think of Taylor's style? Tell me in the comments below! Please don't forget to check out my second blog! I would be so grateful!

Photos courtesy of celebritieswonder.net

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rachel Bilson + Isabel Marant Fringed Bag

Rachel Bilson shopping in Los Angeles wearing her Isabel Marant fringed bag, Thakoon drape collar peacoat, Ray Ban Wayfarers, simple gray tee, medium-wash denim jeans, and furry tan leather booties [left].

Rachel Bilson out getting coffee in New York City wearing a lovely black Isabel Marant fringed bag, Ray Ban Wayfarers, a chocolate Elizabeth and James trench coat, brightly colored scarf, simple white tee, Paige Denim jeans, and Rag & Bone Harrow boots [right].

Rachel Bilson out and about in New York City wearing a black Isabel Marant fringed bag, Ray Ban Wayfarers, printed chiffon dress, military inspired parka jacket, and Stella McCartney wooden espardriless [left].

Rachel Bilson out shopping in Los Angeles wearing her black Isabel Marant fringed bag, Ray Ban Wayfarers, oversized striped black and white tee, simple white tank, simple black leggings, and J. Crew Marjorie flats [right].

What do you think of Rachel's style? Tell me in the comments below! I want to hear what you think. Also, if you have time, please don't forget to check out my second blog, Thoughts of a Fashionsita, and chat with me on twitter!


Photos courtesy of starstyleinc.com

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ashley Olsen's Street Style

Ashley Olsen out in Tribeca walking her dog in dark Prada sunglasses, simple button-up shirt, burnt orange Hermes bag, textured blue midi skirt, and black and gold sandals [left].

Ashley Olsen in Tribeca wearing TOMs by The Row, skinny black jeans, printed grey black tee, structured black bag, gold-rimmed sunglasses, and pink floral print scarf [right].

Ashley Olsen in Manhattan wearing TOMs by The Row shoes, simple black maxi dress, assorted rings, a golden watch, burnt orange Hermes bag, and tortoiseshell sunglasses [left].

Ashley Olsen in Manhattan wearing black T-strap sandals, light-wash boyfriend jeans, button-up denim top, The Row crocodile backpack, gold-rimmed sunglasses, and assorted bangles and rings [right].

What do you think of Ashley's style? Do you have a favorite look? Tell me in the comments below! Chat with me on twitter! Check out my second blog! Become a follower!

Photos courtesy of celebritieswonder.net

Monday, September 12, 2011

Style Highlights: Emma Watson

Emma Watson in Elie Saab [left] and Botegga Veneta [right].

Emma looks stunning in this off-white Elie Saab design. The cut is simple--allowing the delicate details to shine. It truly is an amazing dress. Emma manages not to overwhelm the dress by keeping her makeup and accessories simple.

This Botegga Veneta creation is so unique and fresh. On any other actress it would've probably looked horrible. But there is a certain type of confidence and elegance that Emma possesses that allows her to still look stunning in this dress--even if the bottom half is very reminiscent of a bed sheet. The gold color is really beautiful and Emma copied it with the golden touches to her eye makeup.
 
Emma Watson in Rafael Lopez [left] and Balmain [right].

Emma looking elegant in black lace and gold. Her hair is loose and tousled to counteract the sleek and classic lines of her dress and accessories. Never one to over accessorize, Emma keeps everything to a minimum and looks stunning. Is it possible for this woman to look horrible?

Time for Emma to sparkle and shine in Balmain dress. It is a young look for a beautiful, young starlet. The asymmetrical cut of the gown adds interest and drama. Emma paired the look with wooden wedges to offset the futuristic look of the dress. Minimal jewelry and slicked back hair--the look is complete!

What do you think of Emma's style? Do you have a favorite look? Tell me in the comments below! Oh, and please don't forget to become a follower for updates of when I post new content. I would be so grateful. And thank you to all my loyal readers who make blogging so much fun.

Photos courtesy of instyle.com

Essie Nice is Nice Swatch + Review


Another NOTD. It's about time. I recieved this nail polish courtesy of Apothica.com [thank you!] and here is the swatch. It is actually VERY similar to OPI's Rumple's Wiggin'--check out that swatch here--and Essie's Lilacism--I haven't posted the swatch but it's coming soon. You don't need all three. I would only get one.

But even though I have three bottles of essentially the same nail polish. I'm still in LOVE with this color. Lilac is the perfect subtle color for summer, fall, winter, and spring. Maybe I'm a bit biased because purple is my favorite color? But I'm glad that I found a dupe for Rumple's Wiggin' because it was limited edition.

The consistancy is so much better than Borrowed and Blue. It also lasted on my nails for a very long time. Which is an excellent thing because nobody likes chipped nails. No one! I just wish the Essie brushes were bigger...but I think that ship has sailed, no?

Buy Essie's Nice is Nice online or at your local Wal-Mart and Target!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Reese Witherspoon + Chloe Marcie Bag

Reese Witherspoon at a salon in Beverly Hills wearing her Chloe Marcie bag, Proenza Schouler platform wedges, J Brand skinny jeans, delicate pendant necklace, simple white tee, beige button-up cardigan, and Jimmy Choo sunglasses [left].

Reese Witherspoon on an Easter Sunday outing wearing her Chloe Marcie bag, simple white dress, white cardigan with black buttons, dark oversized sunglasses, and simple tan sandals [right].

Reese Witherspoon out and about in Brentwood wearing her Chloe Marcie bag, loose denim dress with rope belt, delicate pendant necklace, oversized dark sunglasses, and embellished sandals [left].

Reese Witherpoon running errands in Los Angeles wearing her Chloe Marcie bag, Chloe cork wedges, simple long-sleeved tee, J Brand chino pants, & Jimmy Choo sunglasses [right].

What do you think of Reese's style? What do you think of her Chloe Marcie bag? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! I'd love to hear from you. Check out my second blog, Thoughts of a Fashionsita! Stop by twitter and talk to me! Become a follower!

Photos courtesy of starstyleinc.com

Anne Hathaway's Street Style

Anne Hathaway at LAX airport wearing red striped sweater, chic black blazer, long gold chains, oversized black bag, baggy black pants, simple dark sunglasses, and paptent leather bow ballet flats [left].

Anne Hathaway in Pittsburgh walking her dog wearing a long black corest maxi dress, simple oversized wayfarer sunglasses, and T-style black sandals [right].

Anne Hathaway in Toluca Lake wearing strappy brown flats, light-wash grey skinny jeans, striped greenish-grey oversized tee, and assorted nkeclaces and bracelets [left].

Anne Hathaway in Santa Monica wearing dark wash skinny jeans, simple white tee, striped grey and white scarf, blue animal print cardigan, golden hoops, transluscent sunglasses, straw fedora hat, oversized cream tote, and black and white quilted ballet flats [right].

What do you think of Anne's style? Do you have a favorite look?

Photos courtesy of celebritieswonder.net
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