24 July 2014

the shirtdress

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It's the wardrobe staple that will simplify your life {there's nothing worse than wardrobe malfunctions in the AM}, chic-ify your style, and make you feel like a model off-duty at the very same time. Here are 6 of my favorites pieces:

s 1
alice + olivia Carol Button Down Dress in Earth {$198.00}; T by Alexander Wang Cotton Poplin Long Sleeve Shirtdress in White {$350.00}; Rebecca Taylor Dip Dye Shift Dress in Biscuit / Lush {$350.00}

s 2
And B Cammy Hidden Placket Dress in Fuschia / Rose {$150.00}; Vince Shirred Shoulder Shirtdress in White {$275.00}; DKNY Long Sleeve Button Thru Shirtdress in Black {$295.00}



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23 July 2014

Ciaté Shell Manicure in Mermaid You Look Review

I've shown you Ciaté's Shell Manicure in She Sells Seashells and Ciaté's Shell Manicure in Wish Upon A Starfish; and today I have the Ciaté Shell Manicure in Mermaid You Look for your viewing pleasure.

Mermaid You Look is a dusty purple duo that contains the Paint Pot Pillow Fight, and the Paint Pot Effect Mermaid You Look {which consists of dusty purple iridescent shell bits}.

Since I did a double accent nail for my first Seashell Mani, and a full out, 10-finger mani for my second Seashell feature; I decided to do a triple accent for Mermaid You Look, because these Seashell Mani sets are truly too pretty for a single accent.

You may remember Pillow Fight from my Ciaté Mini Mani Month Set Review {Part 2}. Pillow Fight is a Delicate Gray with Lilac Undertones. In the bottle, the shade looks far darker than it appears on the nail; which was a happy surprise, as pale grays are my preference. The first coat is streaky; but the color and opacity completely level out after the second coat is applied. In sunlight you will definitely see the presence of the lilac undertones, which add a little more dimension to the shade, and make it even more beautiful to look at. This is 2 coats.

Mermaid You Look is the Effects Paint Pot. The crushed seashells in this set match the Pillow Fight Paint Pot perfectly in that they are a dusty gray / purple in hue with the prettiest silver iridescent shift.


Surprise! The reason why I used Mermaid You Look as my final Shell Mani wasn't because I was saving the best for last; rather, I thought it would be my least favorite of the three. But..., and this is the reason for that opening paragraph exclamation, it wound up being my # 1 favorite. I love when that happens.

Texture-wise, the crushed seashells of Mermaid You Look are nearly identical to She Sells Sea Shells - from my personal experience I found the seashells in Wish Upon A Starfish slightly more jagged and chunky {perhaps because they were closer to their natural state than the colored sets}.

Mermaid You Look has an incredibly sophisticated flair. It's like workplace-apropos nail art that will definitely give your co-workers {or besties} something to talk about {or swoon over}.



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FTC Disclosure: Ciaté's Shell Manicure in Mermaid You Look was provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.

22 July 2014

{fashion folio} wanderer

Urban Outfitters Twisted Straw Cowboy Hat + Marc By Marc Jacobs Classic Q Mini Natasha Bag in Infrared + Sole Society Tribal Cuff Bracelet in Gold + Topshop Viscose Marl Tee in Orange + Topshop MOTO Rosa Denim Hotpants in Mid Stone + Forever 21 Ultimate Natural Eye Palette in Natural / Light Pink + Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara in Black + Dolce Vita Noralee Fringe Booties in Taupe

Go full-out bohemian chic with a slouchy basic tee paired with cuffed denim shorts and a taupe-toned fringe bootie {made all the more free-spirited with a playful peep-toe}. A cowgirl hat placed atop air-dried locks is luxuriously laid-back; while an electric crossbody adds a bright touch. Make your peepers pop with a neutral smoky eye; layering on the black mascara for a doe-eye effect. Round out your look du jour with a simple yet significant tribal cuff.



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21 July 2014

NOTD: Sugar Nail Frosting Glitter Nail Polish in Cookies n' Cream

One coat of Sugar Nail Frosting Glitter Nail Polish in Cookies n' Cream. Black and White Hexagonal, Bar-Shaped, and Micro-Glitter in a Clear Base.

It looks like I paint-splattered, yes? Love! It's very Jackson Pollock.

Cookies n' Cream is entirely necessary to your polish collection if you're a fan of graffiti art because it seriously creates that effect on the nail {which makes me absolutely adore it}. The mixed-shaped glitter is awesome, as it creates a very haphazard, artsy look that is so cool.

This one dispenses beautifully. In just one coat you have perfectly placed glitter without having to do the whole dab technique. Here, I'm wearing it over Ciaté's Play Date; but it would look brilliant over just about any shade.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?

Follow me on Instagram @cateyesandskinnyjeans to see more of my favorite nail colors / art.


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FTC Disclosure: I received SUGAR's Nail Frosting Glitter Nail Polish in Cookies n' Cream from Sugar Brand in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.

19 July 2014

weddings in the windy city!

Little compares to a city wedding. They're glamorous, unpredictable, and, let's be completely honest here, a literal stone's throw from all semblance of fabulousness. One of my personal favorite cities is...Chicago; thus, I am loving the Dresswe cheap special occasion dresses hot sales, which have put together a list of the most popular wedding dresses for windy city I do's {Dresswe 2014 cheap wedding dresses Chicago online promotion}. Here are 5 of my favorites!

Sumptuous Trumpet/Mermaid Sweetheart Chapel Dasha's Wedding Dress with Beadings
{It has such a couture flair!}

Gorgeous Capped Mermaid Empire Beads Court Train Lace Wedding Dress
{Truly a gown fit for a royal, amiright?}

Fancy Trumpet/Mermaid Sleeveless Matte Ruched Sweetheart Court Train Wedding Dress
{The Old Hollywood Glamour is impossible to resist and Princess is just brilliant!}

Glamorous Empire Sweetheart Floor-Length Watteau Train Tulle Aleksander's Wedding Dress
{The juxtaposition between Greek Goddess and regal Princess is exquisite}

Brilliant Trumpet/Mermaid Strapless Chapel Train Flowers Angerika's Color Wedding Dress
{My favorite of the lot - there's something quite captivating about a colored gown, don't you think?}

Do you have a favorite?


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FTC Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with DressWe.com. All opinions expressed herein are my own.

18 July 2014

all fringe everything

Update your wardrobe with a 70s throwback swish a la hippie-esque fringe. It's the perfect embellishment for summer through fall; adding just the right amount of flirt to everything from handbags to booties. {Clockwise from Top Right}.

TOPSHOP **Fringed Leather Jacket by Kate Moss for Topshop in Navy Blue {$370.00}

Forever 21 Down To Earth Fringe Necklace in Coral / Ivory {$8.80}

Aquazzura Sasha Fringed Suede Ankle Boots {$995.00}

Oscar de la Renta Ombre Tassel Clip On Earrings in Violet {$395.00}

Dolce Vita Noralee Fringe Booties in Taupe {$188.95}

Antik Batik Bertil Fringed Suede Drawstring Bag in Chocolate Suede {$360.00}



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