Wanted: Uniform

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Some people have a sort of “go to” formula or uniform for getting dressed. I should probably get one of those. Because I don’t dress well under pressure. On Sunday we got up early for “members only” hour at the zoo, and I was a dummy and hadn’t planned an outfit the night before. It took me like 11 tries to come up with this…yes, this groundbreaking jeans + shirt combo. Is it even worth showing to you? I don’t know, but it’s what I wore in real life, so here we are.

Shirt (on sale) // Jeans (on sale) // similar Bag // Shoes (on sale) // similar Sunglasses // Watch* // Nails* // Lips “Whimsical”

*Watch provided courtesy of Dainty Wrist Jewelry; manicure provided courtesy of The Beauty Bar at Geist.

Beauty & the Booze

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Over the weekend I had my first manicure in more than 3 years. My last one was horrible and left me with a bloody cuticle. Yes, I said bloody. So what made me willing to give manicures another try? Well, I got an invitation to try out the Beauty Bar at Geist, a salon that has a liquor license – the first of its kind in Indiana, apparently! So you can go get a manicure, pedicure, haircut, whatever…all while sipping a glass of wine or a cocktail. (In case you’re wondering, the people giving you the manicure, pedicure, or haircut do NOT get tipsy while they serve you. Probably a good call.)

My appointment was in the morning, so I went with a mimosa. Vitamin C, yo.

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I’m very happy to report that my manicure at the Beauty Bar was 1000% better than my last one. And that’s not just the booze talking. I told the nail technician (is that what they’re called?) my horror story, so she was very gentle on my sensitive cuticles. She also gave a kick-ass hand massage! Very relaxing.

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The color I chose was “Mint Convertible” by CND Vinylux. It claims to last 7 days. We shall see! I’m on day 4 now and it still looks as great as it did day-of. Here’s the finished product…

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Besides the great manicure and cocktail, I also liked that this place didn’t feel like a typical salon. They’re usually so clinical-looking, you know? And they smell like weird chemicals. This place was super cute and more inviting than my own apartment.

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You know what all this means? The Beauty Bar gets the coveted SASS (Sarah’s Awesome Stamp of Satisfaction)! I don’t hand these out easily, folks. So for my central Indiana folks, I definitely recommend a visit to the Beauty Bar. I’m sure it would be a great place for a bridal party to get their nails done together. You can also get massages and waxing; see the full list of services here.

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Disclosure: I was given a complimentary manicure and cocktail in exchange for a review. However, all opinions are my own, as I have not figured out how to have anyone else’s opinions.

New Accessorizons

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A few years ago, I was all about earrings and rings. These days I’m more of a necklace and bracelet girl (although I did get a couple really freaking nice rings in 2008 and 2011). But I picked up these ginormous earrings on a whim recently, and I got these fun rings as a gift. So for this first day of the Black Out challenge, I decided to start with some really basic non-black neutrals, and then let my bold new accessories do the talking. I even made the strategic decision to go with a neutral lip and minimal eye makeup because seriously…these earrings are huge.

similar Earrings // similar Scarf // similar Sweater (almost identical) // Jeans // similar Boots (on sale) // similar Round Ring* //  Nails “Oui”  // Lips “Please Me”

*Rings provided courtesy of House of Gemmes.

MWOPP: Manicure, Greek Fest, and more!

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Sparkle tip manicure for this week (no extra tools needed): A couple coats of a deep maroon polish, then swiped clear sparkly polish across the tips. Finish with topcoat.

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A kitten trying to play party games; A freaky green pepper that had another baby pepper growing inside; Feet and a cool flower; Bathroom shot of my FNO outfit

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Breakfast on my manatee plate; Me and my old college roomie (the whole story’s here if you missed it!); My 2 favorite girls napping together on the couch; Cookie dough truffle

The next few pictures are from Greek Fest yesterday! Greek Fest is like my Thanksgiving: probably the most food I eat in one day all year.

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The Greek Orthodox Church in Carmel where the festival is held

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I look great in a toga; Sampling Greek wines; One of many tents full of delish food and drink; Flaming cheese and pita bread

Enjoy the last hours of your weekend, everyone!

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One-Fifth Sparkle

20120822-181249.jpgHello, friends, and happy hump day. I almost forgot I wanted to show you my back-to-school manicure. (I decided that anything I did within the 2-week period leading up to the first day of class, as well as anything I do during the first week of classes, can be labeled a “back-to-school” activity, making it sound more special and exciting.)

These are two new Essie colors, and since I felt I was a little too old for a full hand of sparkly nails, I was drawn to this more traditional and subdued nail color and decided to limit my sparkle to one finger on each hand.

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20120822-181320.jpgOn my ring fingers, I did one coat of “in stitches” and two of the sparkly top coat. So do we think this different-polish-on-one-finger trend is going to last long? I kind of like it!

Confetti and Creamsicles

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Today I finally went back to work (for most of the day)! I still don’t feel 100%, but sometimes the best way to get back to normal is to go about your real life as best as possible. It also doesn’t hurt to pep yourself up with a happy outfit. I didn’t go to my closet with the intention of dressing like a delicious frozen dessert, but  I walked out looking like a Creamsicle nevertheless. Except for craving an orange treat all day, I don’t regret my color decision at all! I think I might start taking outfit inspiration from food more often.

Oh, and let us not forget the positive power of a perky manicure (I’m very into alliteration at the moment). The silver lining to my days of rehabilitation is that I had lots of spare time to entertain myself. Most of that time was spent watching DVDs and Netflix, but once I felt like sitting up, I got creative with the polish.

If you don’t already know how to do a polka dot manicure thanks to Pinterest, it’s really not hard:

  • I started with 2 coats of a bright coral, Essie Tart Deco. I let it dry for several minutes.
  • I used the thicker, flat end of a toothpick to apply hot pink dots (OPI always has good pinks). Instead of dipping directly into the bottle, I dabbed the toothpick on the nail polish brush. You don’t want too much polish on the toothpick because then you’ll end up with a big blob on your nail. You should be able to make 2 or 3 dots before you dab the brush again. I personally think it looks good when the dots aren’t all a uniform size. Just make it look random.
  • I let the pink dots dry for a couple minutes.
  • Using a new toothpick, I applied the white dots. If you do white, make sure it is opaque, like the kind of white you use for French tips. I used Sally Hansen White Out. I tried to ignore the pink dots when I did the white ones, so some of the dots overlap. Again, I think it looks better when it’s random and speckled-looking.
  • After letting the white dots dry for a couple minutes, I used a quick-drying top coat to seal the deal! Essie Good to Go really does set the polish super fast. I highly recommend.

Necklace was purchased recently at Charming Charlie.