#NSale Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: All of the Things!

Given the fact that we're in the final stretch of the #NSale Nordstrom Anniversary Sale {prices go back up August 8}, I figured now was the perfect time to cast categories aside and simply round up all of the things - denim, knits, shoes, dresses, bags...you will find a little of each right here. Happy shopping babes!

1. Halogen Owen Pointy Toe Ghillie Flat in BORDEAUX SUEDE {also available in Black Nappa Leather, Blush Nappa Leather, Chestnut Suede, Pewter Metallic Leather, and White} {SALE PRICE: $59.90; AFTER SALE: $89.95}

2. Ivanka Trump Lettie Pointy Toe Bootie in GRAY SUEDE {also available in Black Leather and Leopard Velvet {SALE PRICE: $99.90; AFTER SALE: $164.95}

3. Vince Camuto Aza Leather Tote in TOASTED TAN {also available in Black and Smokey Quart} {SALE PRICE: $185.90; AFTER SALE: $278.00}

4. Timberland Earthkeepers® Glancy 6 Inch Bootie in WHEAT NUBUCK LEATHER {also available in Black Nubuck Leather, Dark Brown Nubuck Leather, and Navy Nubuck Leather} {SALE PRICE: $76.90; AFTER SALE: $129.95}

5. BP. Plaid Tunic Shirt in BLACK DOYLE PLAID {also available in Ivory Doyle Plaid, and White Suzy Plaid} {SALE PRICE: $28.90; AFTER SALE: $44.00}

6. Sun & Shadow Strappy Handkerchief Hem Tank in RUST ADOBE {also available in Ivory Eggnog} {SALE PRICE: $21.90; AFTER SALE: $34.00}

7. Love By Design Mock Neck Patch Pocket Pullover in BRIGHT WHITE/JET BLACK MARL {also available in Zinfandel/Jet Black} {SALE PRICE: $31.90; AFTER SALE: $48.00}

8. LUSH Lace-Up Back Tee in RUST {SALE PRICE: $24.90; AFTER SALE: $38.00}

9. UGG Ava Tall Water Resistant Suede Boot in CHESTNUT SUEDE {also available in Black Suede, Natural Suede, and Nightfall Suede} {SALE PRICE: $149.90; AFTER SALE: $224.95}

10. LUSH Karly Shift Dress in CORDOVA {also available in Black Rust Print, and Pink/Blue Floral Print} {SALE PRICE: $31.90; AFTER SALE: $48.00}

11. LEITH Dolman Dress in OLIVE SARMA {also available in Black and Coral Spice} {SALE PRICE: $38.90; AFTER SALE: $58.00}

12. Zella Live In Leggings in BLACK {SALE PRICE: $33.90; AFTER SALE: $52.00}

13. BLANKNYC Faux Leather Skinny Pants in BLACKED OUT {also available in Modern Love} {SALE PRICE: $64.90; AFTER SALE: $98.00}

14. Vigoss Crop Skinny Jeans {SALE PRICE: $44.90; AFTER SALE: $68.00}

15. BP. Destroyed Boyfriend Jeans in GRUNGE SPIRIT {SALE PRICE: $44.90; AFTER SALE: $68.00}




skinny dipper {#NSale find!}

skinny dipper

BLANKNYC Skinny Dipper Distressed Skinny Jeans in SKINNY DIPPER.

Distressed denim is always a good idea - especially when it's under $60! Thank you #NSale!



{what's in my} july 2016 pool party glossybox!

Sheet Mask: BORGHESE Fango Essenziali Moisturize Treatment Sheet Mask | Makeup Remover: GLOV Quick Treat Makeup Remover Glove | Lips: Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in MELTED CHIHUAHUA | Eyes: EYEKO Fat Stick in SATIN TAUPE | Nails: Leighton Denny Expert Nails Miracle Mist | Oil: NUXE Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse

Ladies, you know that I've been feeling my monthly GLOSSYBOX arrivals, and while I loved May and June's goodies, I'm confident in admitting that July's contents may be my favorite yet {you'll see why soon enough}.

For those of you who aren't familiar with GLOSSYBOX, it is a monthly beauty subscription service wherein you receive 5 deluxe size beauty products for $21 a month based on the personal beauty profile you fill out when you sign up.

While June 2016's box was a Tony Awards Special Edition focused on red carpet everythang, July was all about the F-U-N with a pool party theme guaranteed to make your heart do a little splish splash. My personal favorite inclusion? Introducing it in 3-2-1.

My puppy-loving heart has been dying to try Too Faced's Melted Chihuahua for ages, so when I unboxed it you know that I whipped that baby out and applied it to my lips in 5 seconds flat! Ladies, ladies, ladies...Melted Chihuahua, a gorgeous caramel nude that has a v. Kylie Jenner / 90s feel to it, is every bit as drool-worthy as the name implies; and the attached doe-foot applicator makes application amazing - smoothing the product evenly and smoothly across lips. Like Too Faced claims, this has the power of a stain, shine of a gloss, and pigmentation of a lippy. Personally, because I'm partial to a smoky eye, I love love love the neutrality of this particular shade, but would def try out other colors in the line. Repurchase worthy? A million times yes!

While applying oil to my hair and nails is literally second nature for me, I have yet to delve into the oil all-over mantra that so many have embraced, so I was a little intimidated by NUXE's Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse; nevertheless, the packaging was too pretty to resist, so I had to give it a shot. OMG ladies, I have no clue how I survived without this product before. I've used it as a body lotion, perfume, and shine serum for my hair in the last week alone and it. is. brilliant. What's so lush about this product is that it's an oil, but it feels dry, so you don't look or feel oily / greasy. Would I re-buy? Yes! As a multi-purpose product, this could replace so much in my beauty cabinet; but as a full-size product {!!!!!} I doubt that I'll be running out anytime soon.

Not gonna lie, I honestly thought this was a hair product until I read the description and realized that it was actually...for nails! Unlike the numerous spray-on nail polishes hitting the market lately, Leighton Denny Miracle Mist is a speed-drying spray {to make polish dry faster}, with an added element of cuticle conditioning. You guys, this product lives up to its name: it's a total miracle! I was in a rush the other day, and needed a quick mani change, so I applied base coat, color, and top coat, then sprayed this generally over my nails for 2 to 3 seconds and voila! My nails were literally dry and smudge-proof. Is it a total necessity? Only if you don't have a lot of nail-painting time on your hands, as it definitely speeds up the process. Re-buy? Occasionally. It's a bit on the pricey side; but I would like to have it on hand for those times when I need to paint my nails and run!

Shadow sticks are my fave for the summertime {and those days when I don't feel like washing my makeup brushes}, so finding EYEKO's Satin Taupe in my GLOSSYBOX was a welcome treat {especially since I've never tried EYEKO before}. I'm more of a bronze-y / gold gal when it comes to eyeshadows, but I really love the simplicity of this shade, which wears as a neutral taupe with an olive undertone. The shimmer in this is absolutely stunning; but you do have to apply it with a heavy hand to really pick up on the pigmentation. Would I Repurchase? Not in this shade, but I would def pick it up in another color.

This is only my second or third go with sheet masks, but I'm pretty positive that this one from Fengo Essenziali is my new favorite. The mix of avocado, acai berry, and kelp extract really work together to give skin a healthy, rejuvenated glow that awakens tired skin {which is something that all of us could benefit from, amiright?}. I wore this for quite some time while I was shopping the #NSale, and I was amazed at how moisturized and nourished my face felt after removal. Repurchase? Not for the summer; but I would love to give it another go in the winter, when my skin gets really dry and chapped from the cold.

If you're looking for makeup removal innovation, this is so it! Inside this package is a fiber-packaged glove with built in makeup removal properties, so you simply open the package, add water, and wash your face. It is that simple {and that awesome!}. I took this along when I spent the weekend at a friend's house, and it was magical due, in large part, to the fact that I was able to lighten my load by leaving my makeup remover at home, and rely solely on this. This is so incredible for travel and really does a killer job at cleansing skin - and removing even the toughest makeup {we're talking waterproof mascara}. If you like the glove enough, you can even wash it, and re-use another night. Would I Repurchase? Yes, yes, yes! These will also be making an appearance in the stockings of my besties come Christmas!

What was in your July 2016 GLOSSYBOX? Not a subscriber yet? Sign up here!




currently crushing...

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Fall florals, teetering platforms, and bold baubles are giving me all of the feels this week. Happy Thursday ladies!




#NSale Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Accessories

If ever there was a perfect time of year to stock up on accessories, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is it because fall simply isn't fall without floppy hats, layers of scarves, and a little bling to make you sparkle. Here I'm rounding up a few of my fave accessories from the #NSale - get on them babes!

1. Phase 3 Whipstitch Wool Floppy Hat in RUST SEPIA {also available in Black and Heather Grey} {SALE PRICE: $19.90; AFTER SALE: $38.00}

2. ELECTRIC RIOT 60mm Round Sunglasses in HONEY BROWN FADE {also available in Matte Black {SALE PRICE: $66.90; AFTER SALE: $100.00}

3. Nordstrom Round 3.48ct tw Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings in ROSE GOLD {also available in Gold Vermeil and Sterling Platinum} {SALE PRICE: $64.90; AFTER SALE: $98.00}

4. Nixon Ragnar Square Leather Strap Watch, 36mm in SADDLE/WHITE/SILVER {SALE PRICE: $129.90; AFTER SALE: $200.00}

5. Nadri Starry Night Crystal Ear Crawlers in GOLD/CLEAR {also available in Black Hematite, and Silver Clear} {SALE PRICE: $49.90; AFTER SALE: $75.00}

6. BP. Plaid Square Scarf in RUST MULTI {also available in Blue Multi, and Red Multi} {SALE PRICE: $18.90; AFTER SALE: $29.00}

7. Bourbon and Boweties Bourbon & Boweties Champagne Stone Bracelets (Set of 3) in PEARL/CREAM/CHAMPAGNE {SALE PRICE: $65.90; AFTER SALE: $99.00}




Sing Street Film Prize Pack Giveaway

Disclosure: This Giveaway is in Partnership with Anchor Bay Entertainment.

What time is it? Total no-brainer, amiright? It's giveaway time, and today I'm partnering with Anchor Bay Entertainment to bring you a giveaway that will make your 80s-loving heart skip a beat for the film SING STREET {now on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD & On Demand}.

As a former music columnist I love anything having to do with the music scene and burgeoning bands. And when you toss in an 80s setting? Le sigh...you've basically won. me. ova. So what is Sing Street?

ABOUT THE MOVIE: SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers are rougher.

He finds a glimmer of hope in the mysterious, über-cool and beautiful Raphina {Lucy Boynton}, and with the aim of winning her heart he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s only one problem: he’s not part of a band…yet. She agrees, and now Conor must deliver what he’s promised - calling himself “Cosmo” and immersing himself in the vibrant rock music trends of the decade, he forms a band with a few lads, and the group pours their heart into writing lyrics and shooting videos.

Inspired by writer/director John Carney’s {ONCE, BEGIN AGAIN} life and love for music, SING STREET shows us a world where music has the power to take us away from the turmoil of everyday life and transform us into something greater.

Sounds a little Almost Famous meets Pretty In Pink, yes? Then you are going to L-O-V-E the prize pack!

To celebrate the soundtrack-driven coming of age tale {you'll love the trailer!}, cat eyes & skinny jeans has partnered with Anchor Bay Entertainment to bring one {1} reader a SING STREET Film Prize Pack that includes: a $25 iTunes Gift Card to purchase the official SING STREET soundtrack, and a Copy of SING STREET on DVD. Prizing courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment. Find out where you can purchase your copy of SING STREET on Go Watch It!

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NOTD: Formula X The Colors Nail Polish in Wingwoman

Two coats of Formula X The Colors Nail Polish in Wingwoman. Red Creme.

Despite the fact that red polish isn't really my jam, I was so excited to find Wingwoman in my ipsy June 2016 Glam Bag because...hello, nail polish! I mean, who doesn't love receiving nail polish in their subscription boxes / bags?!

Though the shade looks red in the bottle; on the nail it has just the slightest hint of pinky undertone that makes an otherwise fall / winter hue feel fresh for summer.

Like virtually all Formula X polishes, Wingwoman featured a fab, easy to use formula that fell just shy of OCW territory.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?



#NSale Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Bags

I would never classify myself as a bag lady, but last year I scored a few gorgeous Frye hobos during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, so of course it's one of the departments I'm going a little crazy in for #NSale 2016. Take a peek at a few of my favorite finds below. Gotta catch 'em all before the deals end, amiright?

1. Vince Camuto ABRIL Leather Shoulder Bag in BLACK/LEOPARD {SALE PRICE: $149.90; AFTER SALE: $228.00}

2. Rebecca Minkoff LARGE REGAN Satchel in DENIM {also available in Whiskey} {SALE PRICE: $263.90; AFTER SALE: $395.00}

3. Louise et Cie JAEL Suede & Leather Shoulder Bag in OAT BLACK/WARM TAUPE {also available in Black Gold and Red Garnet/Rosewood {SALE PRICE: $169.90; AFTER SALE: $258.00}

4. Tory Burch Mini Leather Crossbody Bag in RED AGATE {SALE PRICE: $233.90; AFTER SALE: $350.00}

5. Rebecca Minkoff Dog Clip Leather & Suede Saddle Bag in WHISKEY {also available in Port {SALE PRICE: $129.90; AFTER SALE: $195.00}

6. BP. Faux Leather Drawstring Tote in BLACK {also available in Cognac, Red, and Taupe} {SALE PRICE: $35.90; AFTER SALE: $55.00}




lightning {#NSale find!}


Topshop Lightning Bolt Sweater.

This top is giving me all of the Harry Potter vibes. So apropos considering the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is just days away, yes? What's even more magical? It's currently marked down to $52.90 {from $80.00} as part of the #NSale! Can I get an I solemnly swear I am up to no good?!



#SPBoxSwap: Swap with Lowanda of Sunshine and Elephants!

Aside from the two holiday blog swaps I've hosted right here in as many years, and a handful of gift exchanges with a few of my blogging besties, never have I ever actually participated in a true blog swap; so when I saw that Ashley of Happy. Pretty. Sweet. and Mrs. AOK of A Work In Progress were hosting the Sweet Progress Summer Box Swap {aka the #SPBoxSwap}, I had to join in.

I was partnered with Lowanda of the blog Sunshine and Elephants, and OMG babes did she spoil me rotten! Never have I had someone {let alone a virtual stranger!} be so attentive and interested in discovering my likes and dislikes and crafting a swap box that felt so. me. You are such a rock star Lowanda, and I cannot tell you how much happy you brought into my life this week with these prezzies. But enough suspense...let me show you the goodies!

Sticker: Bethany Mota Cat with Sunglasses Sticker | Beverage: Crystal Light On the Go Natural Lemonade | Hair: ACURE Repairing Conditioner | Bracelet: AVON Precious Charms Bracelet in SILVERTONE | Nail Polish: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails XTREME Wear Nail Color in 139 WHITE ON | Set of 6 Makeup Note Cards | Body Lotion: Bath & Body Works LOVE & SUNSHINE Body Lotion | Makeup Remover: LUMENE Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover | Trinket Tray: Tri-Coastal Design Chasing Lola White Cat Ceramic Trinket Tray | Shower Gel: Bath & Body Works LOVE & SUNSHINE Shower Gel | Hair: ACURE Repairing Shampoo

See what I meant? Spoiled. Rotten. As a self-professed cat lady the trinket tray and cat with sunglasses sticker kills me. But what seriously slays? The Queen Bey reference that came written on the Crystal Light Natural Lemonade Packaging. I mean, how can you not love a nod to Beyonce?!

The note cards have me torn - on one hand, I want to send them to my nearest and dearest for a mid-year hello; while the other part of me wants to lock them up for eternity and gaze upon their prettiness. Who else goes through this when they buy {or receive?} stationary? Anyone??

This has been the summer of white polish for me, so I've already got this bad boy on my tips {and I am L-O-V-I-N-G it}. Also pertinent: it pairs perfectly with the AVON Bracelet which features an oyster with pearl inside charm, along with the words I'm enough. Such an empowering message and fantastically mermaid-esque piece, amiright?!

I am such a sucker for moroccan / argan oil anything {how Lowanda knew this, I have no clue}, so I am super duper excited to try the ACURE Shampoo and Conditioner. And the Bath & Body Works products? Let's just say I'm in the throes of a love affair with them. The Love & Sunshine fragrance {which I had never tried before now} reminds me a lot of an Herbal Essences shampoo/conditioner duo I used as a child, so I'm definitely feeling swoony / nostalgic whenever I pop the tops on them. But the surprise standout? the LUMENE Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover!

I typically use Vaseline to remove waterproof eye makeup, and it tends to leave a lot behind on lashes; but this stuff literally melts the makeup off, and completely cleans your eyes in seconds! Even better: it's non-greasy - natch!

Thank you so much to Lowanda for gifting me with so much happiness this week; and thank you to Ashley and Mrs. AOK for hosting such a fabulous swap! I will def be signing up for the next one!




#NSale Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Denim + Knits

We've covered the best of beauty and boots and booties that are currently deeply discounted as part of the #NSale Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and today we're delving into another of my fave shopping categories: denim + knits!

That's right, sweater weather is almost here babes, so now is the time to stock up on all of the cozy things, amiright? Peep my top picks below!

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1. SP Black Distressed Skinny Jeans in LIGHT BLUE {$37.90}

2. Free People Shadow Oversize Hacci Open Back Top in PLUM {$44.90}

3. Topshop Jamie Ripped High Rise Skinny Jeans in BLUE {$52.90}

4. Topshop Patchwork Oversize Open Cardigan in GREY MULTI {PRICE: $55.90}

5. Missoni Stripe Sweater Knit Poncho in MULTI BROWN {$149.90}

6. AG Farrah High Rise Skinny Jeans in JET BLACK {$124.90}

7. Billabong Once Again Cotton Plaid Cardigan in MAUVE WOOD {$35.90}

8. AG The Legging Ankle Jeans in 10 YEARS RECREATION {$163.90}




{fashion folio} traveler

Top: BOOHOO Emma Kimono Sleeve Off The Shoulder Crop Top in WHITE | Ring: Rebecca Minkoff Two Tone Beaded Ring in GOLD | Shorts: BOOHOO Zoe Bleach Wash Distressed Denim Hotpant | Sunnies: BP. 58mm Oversize Round Sunglasses in WHITE / GOLD | Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell Taggart Ankle Boot in WHITE LEATHER | Nails: Formula X #ColorCurators: Urban Bush Babes Edition - Nail Polish Collection in BEIGE FROM OUR BOOK | Lips: NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in COMO | Hair: ALTERNA Bamboo Beach - Summer Ocean Waves Tousled Texture Spray | Bag: Ted Baker London Feena Focus Bouquet Crossbody Bag in PALE BLUE




#NSale Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Beauty

Ladies, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going strong, and today I'm chatting one of my favorite topics...beauty!

On top of all of the amazing deals the #NSale is serving up on everything from clothing to accessories, the beauty department is where. it's. at. if you're looking to score major deals on hot tools, skincare, and, of course, makeup! For those of you who find the selection overwhelming, I've compiled a list of the best of the best of #NSale beauty below. Happy shopping babes!

1. Drybar Beach In A Box Collection {$140.00} Everything you need to perfect that beach har don't care 'do!

2. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Beauty Palette - The Dolce Vita Look' 5-Minute Face On the Go {$75.00}

3. Clarisonic Mia ELECTRIC PINK Sonic Skin Cleansing System {$89.00} Necessary for clinching the glowiest complexion and smoothest skin!

4. butter LONDON Shoes of Prey for butter LONDON Nail Lacquer Set {PRICE: $39.00} Perfect for prepping your tips for cooler weather.

5. Sigma Beauty Sigma The Power Pair Set {$34.50} The Flat Kabuki Brush is a winner for applying liquid or powder foundations; the Mat is boss at cleaning eye and face brushes!

6. T3 Featherweight 2 - Black & Rose Gold Hair Dryer {$139.00}

7. GLAMGLOW Glamazing GRAVITYMUD Set {$69.00}




NOTD: SinfulColors Kylie Jenner Denim & Bling Matte in Acid Wash

Two coats of SinfulColors Kylie Jenner Denim & Bling Matte in Acid Wash. Textured Baby Blue Shimmer.

One thing I was unaware of when this shade showed up in my GLOSSYBOX June 2016 Tony Awards Special Edition Box: textured matte finish. Dealbreaker? So not!

Acid Wash is v reminiscent of the Gumdrops Collection released by Nicole By OPI a few years back {which I loved}, so, of course, I've fallen hard for this beauty.

Formula here is phenomenal. Though slightly thick, it is incredibly easy to work with {even for polish beginners}, and looks decadent on the nail. If you're looking for a baby blue hue with a little extra something something {sassy sparkle + texture}, look no further than this babe.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?



sleeveless {#NSale find!}

Billabong Sleeveless Knit Cowl Neck Tunic in MAUVE WOOD.

So feeling this sleeveless knit at the moment - it would be an excellent transition piece from summer to fall. And that color? Makes me think of Thanksgiving! The best part? It's currently marked down to $39.90 as part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!



links à la mode: the IFB weekly roundup {july 14, 2016 edition}


Cropped this, cropped that. Floral here, floral there. And off the shoulder everywhere. It seems that these three fashion design elements have become essential to just about every outfit this Summer. Will they continue into Fall?

IFB bloggers didn’t just stop there where trends are concerned. They also showed off fringe, flowy shorts, and chambray. Add in a few good color stories on red, black, and what happens when you combine red with stripes, and you have the making of a complete Summer trend guide right here on our own little Links à la Mode. Ever wonder what it’s like to come out from behind the scenes, compete in a pageant, shop for fashionable plus size looks, or blend perfume in Paris. Yep, we have that covered too. And don’t miss the fun tutorial on minimalist nails and a lesson in handbag buying–a fake is a fake is obviously a fake, or is it?

Links a la Mode, july 14

SPONSOR: Amazon's Shopbop Rebecca Taylor, Kate Spade New York Bags, Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry, JN by JN LLOVET, Oliver Peoples The Row, les petits joueurs, Caftans, Floral Shorts, Platform Espadrilles, Men's Uri Minkoff



#NSale Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Boots + Booties

Fact: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is basically my favorite time of year because it allows me to start prepping my wardrobe for fall {and you all know how I feel about fall fashion - loves it!}.

Yesterday the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access event began, giving cardholders a chance to shop the #NSale for one week before the rest of the world. Not a cardholder? No worries! You can still start adding pieces you plan on purchasing to your Wish List before taking the official plunge on July 21 when the sale opens to everyone! I've already begun shopping the sale, and today I'm sharing with you the boots + booties that should be in your #NSale shopping cart stat!

1. Børn Odom Boot in CASTAGNO SUEDE {also available in Black Leather and Peltro Suede} {SALE PRICE: $144.90; AFTER SALE: $219.95}

2. Vince Camuto Katleen Peep Toe Bootie in PRAIRIE DUST SUEDE {also available in Black Leather} {SALE PRICE: $99.90; AFTER SALE: $149.95}

3. Halogen Noble Over the Knee Boot in BLACK SUEDE {also available in Grey Suede and Burgundy Suede {SALE PRICE: $109.90; AFTER SALE: $189.95}

4. Steve Madden Glorria Block Heel Bootie in TAUPE SUEDE {also available in Black Suede} {SALE PRICE: $99.90; AFTER SALE: $149.95}

5. Dolce Vita Silas Over the Knee Boot in BLACK SUEDE {also available in Acorn Suede, Anthracite Suede, and Khaki Suede {SALE PRICE: $199.90; AFTER SALE: $299.95}

6. Sam Edelman Rudie Studded Fringe Bootie in SADDLE SUEDE {also available in Black Suede and Putty Suede} {SALE PRICE: $99.90; AFTER SALE: $169.95}

7. Tory Burch Ashlynn Riding Boot in ALMOND LEATHER {also available in Black Leather} {SALE PRICE: $299.90; AFTER SALE: $495.00}

8. Joie Monte Suede Bootie in WHISKEY SUEDE WITH STUDS {also available in Black Suede with Studs {SALE PRICE: $239.90; AFTER SALE: $365.00}




Essie Online Only Summer Collection Mini Set Swatches + Review

After months of eye-searing neon nail polish collections, I was thrilled to spot Essie's Online Only Summer Collection Mini Set. Inspired by Rebecca Minkoff's {she's Essie's Global Color Designer} Antigua travels, the collection is brimming with serene sea-faring shades, and jewel tones that will seamlessly sail into your fall nail-drobe. Check out the stunning shades for yourself below!

Loot The Booty is a Pave Sapphire Blue. I didn't notice the name of this polish until after I had applied it to my nails, and once I did, not gonna lie, I LOL'd. I mean, how can you not?! Loot The Booty would have been bomb for 4th of July, but I didn't break this baby open until July 5th, so...moot point. This shade right here is destined to be a classic. The formula is flawless {you can get away with one coat!}, the shimmer throughout is magical, and the color itself is apropos for winter, spring, summer, or fall. Excuse me while I go contemplate never changing my polish color again. Get this one girls! This is 2 coats.

Coconut Cove is an Off-White Creme. I honestly thought that this would be my favorite shade from this quartet, but my bottle arrived open {womp womp}, which resulted in a thick, gloppy formula that refused to even out. On top of that, there was brush shedding, and even in its most minimal form, no one wants that! Yes, the color is gorgeous, and remains my favorite of the lot, but the formula was a flop for me {insert crying emoji here}. This is 2 coats.

Berried Treasures is a Bright Ruby Berry Creme. Berried Treasures is an interesting shade. On one hand, the berry shading lends a winter-y feel to it; on the other, the hot pink undertones make it feel summer-y - together, it creates a sort of brightened poppy red-meets-pink that, while not super unique, sure is pretty. Formula here is fab. It builds quickly, packs amazing pigmentation, and would honestly look amaze for all seasons. This is 2 coats.

Viva Antigua! is an Iridescent Crystalline Turquoise. If you're really a mermaid than this color is going to give you all of the feels. Viva Antigua! is a stunning color for those of you looking for a mint / blue hybrid. The fine, iridescent shimmer throughout is subtle, yet enough of a standout to inspire mermaid tail comparisons; while the color itself feels distinctly oceanic. The formula here was fab. Though it felt slightly thinner than the rest of the collection, it quickly built up to opaque perfection! This is 2 coats.

AVAILABILITY: Ulta for the mini set; Amazon for individual bottles.

PRICE: $17.00 for the quartet; or buy individual bottles separately for $8.50 each.




#motd: i'm really a mermaid

Eyeshadow: Pacifica® Love 3 Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow Trio | Eyeshadow Brush: e.l.f. Eyeshadow C Brush {c/o} | Liner: e.l.f. Cream Eyeliner in TEAL TEASE {c/o} | Lips: e.l.f. Lip Balm SPF 15 in NUDE {c/o} | Blush: JULEP Skip the Brush Creme-to-Powder Blush Stick in GOLDEN GUAVA | Bronzer: e.l.f. Baked Bronzer in LOS CABOS {c/o} | Face Brush: Real Techniques Buffing Brush

4th of July weekend seemed like the best time to bust out a blue-like liner. I am L-O-V-I-N-G this cream eyeliner from e.l.f. in the shade teal tease - it adds major definition and flirt, feels fresh for summer, and def checks off those mermaid / festival vibe boxes!




currently crushing...

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A few chilly SoCal mornings have left me reaching for slouchy sweaters and ankle boots, and made me kinda sorta crave fall {don't hate me!}. Add in layers of western-inspired accessories and jewelry and you've basically summed up my crushes for the week!




NOTD: Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in B-Girl Style

Three coats of Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in B-Girl Style. Barbie Pink with Blue-Meets-Purple Shimmer.

I'm a Barbie girl in a Barbie world. Life in plastic, it's fantastic. Fact: I literally sing that song in my head every. single. time. I look at my nails because this bright babe right here is the best Barbie pink hue in history!

B-Girl Style has a fairly thin formula, resulting in patchiness and the need for extra coats. That said, it is a breeze to work with. B-Girl Style dries down to a matte finish, hiding away the gorgeous shimmer seen during application. While top coat adds shine to this shade, it does little in revealing said shimmer. Womp womp.

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