Manicure Monday: DJ Play That Song

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So this color….

It’s called DJ Play That Song by Essie. Ok, rephrasing that. The name of this nail polish is called DJ Play That Song and it is by the brand Essie. It’s another love/hate. I generally love the way it looks. Like, if I saw these pictures somewhere I’d think wow, that looks like a nice color I NEED to buy it now. I should add, this not an uncommon thought when I saw any bottle of nail polish I don’t already own…and even some that I do own…. Thankfully I haven’t bought any duplicates yet. Knock on wood. But don’t be fooled by the pretty shell this thing was a pain. Streaky and sheer all over. It took me three coats to get this look which is generally a deal breaker for me. I don’t like polishes that take too long to apply. Two coats and a topcoat is my weapon of choice. Overall verdict: Meh. I’ll use it again but not a favorite.


What I Wore: Quick Change

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I literally had about 2 minutes to pull this outfit together before heading off to dinner at my parents last week. I didn’t think anything good would come of it but after looking at the pictures I was pleasantly surprised. The shirt and boots have a slight midwestern feel while the jeans and blazer are sleek and sophisticated. The juxtaposition of these two works well together so I may have to play around with that more. And just as I had 2 minutes to pick the outfit, I’ve had 2 minutes to write this post. It’s back to work I go!

Outfit Details:

Top: J.Crew

Blazer: Banana Republic

Jeans: 7 for all Mankind

Booties: Hand me down (Bass brand)

Watch: Michael Kors

Bracelet: Forever 21

Necklace: Baublebar

What I Wore: Pockets


I had intentions of photographing this outfit of mine after I got home from work one night but was promptly greeted by a thick layer of fog the minute I stepped out the door. In an effort to be a good boyfriend Benjamin took the pictures anyways and after a few shots we realized the moisture in the air was reflecting with the flash to create this “bubble-ish” effect on all of the photos. I didn’t hate it so we continued and ended up with these cool shots. I actually kind of like them. And I actually kind of love this outfit. Like, a lot. The necklace is a favorite and has been on repeat since the day I got it. And can we talk about pockets?! Hello, amazing skirt. Can every dress/skirt please have pockets? Note to self: Sew pockets into everything. In fact, self, sew things just with the intent of making something with pockets.

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Top: H&M (old)

Skirt: J.Crew (old)

Necklace: Baublebar (buy here)

Shoes: J.Crew (old)

Valentine’s Day

It’s not that I hate Valentine’s Day… it’s more of a love/hate feeling. I don’t like the day. But, I do. See, for whatever reason it never usually goes the way I would like it to. In high school I had always wanted to be one of those girls showered with gifts (because, let’s be honest, what high school girl doesn’t want to get showered with gifts?). They were the ones that got flowers and cards tied to their lockers and by third period English had received more candygrams than they could carry. By the end of the day they would walk out to the parking lot where, like clockwork, each of their cars would be secretly decorated. And I was not one of them. In fact, I was the girl that was stood up on February 14th one year. Valentine’s Day has always been a sort of bad luck day for me.

I’m turning 25 this year. I like to think that I’ve matured enough to be an adult but, if I’m being honest, I think a teensy bit of that bitterness still remains. Seeing flowers being delivered and cars decorated all reminded me of a time I wanted nothing more than to feel special. By the time I got home Friday evening it all came rushing back to me and a mini meltdown ensued. And after lots of hugs and kisses, I saw and truly appreciated the clean apartment I had come home to and the bouquet of flowers on the table. He knows me all too well. Too eager to wait, we had exchanged gifts last week when I was told I was getting a “coupon” to get my hair cut and colored. How thoughtful is that? Or maybe it was to stop my complaining? (Anyone with in-between length hair can understand!) Either way, I was psyched to go to my appointment earlier last week.

After a delicious dinner at home we headed out to grab a few bites from the chocolate bar yet again. The fog that has been hanging around the area every few nights was especially eerie that night and I tried to capture it on camera. We know the area well but with such dense fog it seemed like we were on the set of a scary movie. A few minutes into our walk we heard a loud noise down the street, to which Ben promptly informed me that T-Rex was probably going to start running down the road. It’s good thing I’m just as much of a dork as he is. We laughed and walked on, hand in hand, and just like that the stress of the day had melted away and I was left with our happiness of the moments we always share. Here’s to this year, and many more!

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Outfit Details:

Coat: Forever 21 (old)

Dress: H&M (a $7 find a few weeks ago)

Necklace: Baublebar (buy here)

Shoes: Sam Edelman (old)

A Chocolate Date

One of my favorite parts about moving is finding new places to explore. The idea of being somewhere new excites me so much because I feel like I have this mental (sometimes even physical) list of places I’d like to go or things I’d like to try. I’m sure that a part of that is my upbringing. We were always traveling, seeing new cities, experiencing different cultures. The idea of being in unfamiliar territory can be daunting, yes. Especially, if its WAYYY out of your comfort zone. But, I haven’t experienced any of that here. In fact, I’ve enjoyed finding new “places”. I think that we, as humans, can tend to get caught in the routine. This is the day to day and these are the things we do and the places we always go. And that’s cool. But doesn’t anyone yearn for something new? fresh? exciting? or just plain different?

It’s one of the many reasons I love Benjamin. He’s always taking me to places I’ve never been, or along for the ride when I want to explore around town. I can almost guarantee that a day doesn’t go by where the words “Oh! We should try that” or “Let’s go there!” don’t come out of my mouth. Don’t get me wrong, we have our routines too. We watch an episode of Suits, every single night. Our favorite restaurant is in San Francisco. Of the hundreds (or thousands?!) of restaurant in the city we pick the same one every time. And you know what? We order the same exact thing every single time. How boring, right? But, we love it so much that its become a tradition. And if you’re really lucky we may even tell you where in the city that favorite Italian restaurant of ours is.

Monday night, after eating dinner while in the middle of watching Suits (see, I told you) we both made mention of wanting dessert. Of course, there was no dessert to be found in this little apartment of ours. So, we went on an adventure and ended up downtown at a Chocolate Bar. Yes, that’s right, a CHOCOLATE BAR. It took me, little miss indecisive, over 10 minutes to decide what I wanted. You’d think that with a ton of chocolate in front of me it’d be easier to decide. Nope, it’s harder. We enjoyed our decadent goodies before taking a stroll through downtown on our way home. It makes me wonder why we don’t do this more often.

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Manicure Monday: No More Film

There is only one word that comes to mind when I see this color. Inky. I can’t figure out any other way to explain it. It’s such a dark, deep purple color that reminds me of a bad ink stain on a white shirt. Maybe it’s more indigo than purple then? I’m not sure. But, I don’t care. This color, No More Film by Essie, is a dream. One coat and you’re done! I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot with most of my polishes lately. I promise I pick then randomly. I did a little happy dance last night when my nails looked like this immediately after applying. Talk about 5 minute manicure! Hope you love it as much as I do.