9.27.2021

NOTD: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri x Mentos Nail Polish Collection in You're the Zest

Two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri x Mentos Nail Polish Collection in You're the Zest. Pastel Yellow Creme.

Le sigh...loving pastel yellows is such a pain because they give me lobster hands; but I digress...

You're the Zest is a pretty pastel yellow that would legit make a splash in any season, but I think I may like it best for winter/spring. Though the color and staying power of this cutie is perfection, the formula is a bit of a pain. Seriously. Wipe the brush off on the lip of the bottle excessively, or you will wind up with a huge, gloppy mess. Trust.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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9.25.2021

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9.23.2021

pembrook

Free People Pembrook Oversize Sweater in MOODY PINK COMBO.

Obsessed with the preppy feel of this cutie!

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9.20.2021

NOTD: SOPHi by Piggy Paint Nail Polish in Fearless

Two coats of SOPHi by Piggy Paint Non-Toxic Nail Polish in Fearless. Burnt Sienna Creme.

Y'all, out of all of the SOPHi polishes I received, I never thought that I would love this one as much as I do; but I'm obsessed!

Fearless is a burnt sienna creme that is the quintessential shade for fall due to its rusty undertones and resemblance to cinnamon, spice, and everything nice. This one had a beautiful formula, applying smoothly and drying lightning fast. While the other shades I received from SOPHi dried matte, Fearless dried down to a satin finish; however, I added top coat for shine. Highly, highly recommend this beauty for autumn!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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9.18.2021

9.16.2021

moonchild

Free People Moonchild Denim Shirt Jacket in MOON DUST.

Absolutely adoring the edginess of this beauty!

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9.13.2021

NOTD: OPI Shine Bright Nail Lacquer Collection in Heart and Coal



Two coats of OPI Shine Bright Nail Lacquer Collection in Heart and Coal. Black Glitter.

So...while I am so here for the name of this shade, I can't say that I love the color itself. Womp womp.

Heart and Coal is a glamorous black glitter that is so perf for NYE; but the formula just got to me, and not in a good way. Though it builds beautifully, the first coat was thin, and a little too attracted to my cuticles. That said, it is a pretty color {especially if you're looking for a starry night sky vibe}; just make sure you OD on top coat because this bad boy needs tons to truly bring it to life.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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9.11.2021

9.09.2021

meant to be

Free People Meant To Be Floral Cotton Blouse in BLACK COMBO.

Is it just me, or is black floral one of the most perfect prints for the cooler months?

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9.06.2021

NOTD: NAILS INC. Relationship Status: Blushing Nail Polish in St. Christopher's Place

Two coats of NAILS INC. Relationship Status: Blushing Nail Polish in St. Christopher's Place. Neon Pink Crelly.

Can we just take a moment to admire how juicy this shade is? Please!

St. Christopher's Place is a watermelon-inspired neon pink that was made for playful afternoons spent beachside. Though I'm not typically a neon pink fan; the plump, juicy look of this one {all attributed to the fact that it's a crelly} make it a standout for me. NGL...it was a nightmare to photograph; but the formula was phenom, which more than makes up for it. Next time I may try layering it over underwear {white creme polish} to make it even more electrifying!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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9.04.2021

9.02.2021

BOOK REVIEW: Cat About Town {A Cat Cafe Mystery} by Cate Conte



“Cats were my weakness. I’d never met one I didn’t love instantaneously.”

Amazon has been recommending Cate Conte's Cat About Town to me for at least a year now; and finally, since we have officially reached my favorite time of year for mystery reading {fall!}, and I've come to the conclusion that I desperately want to open my own cat cafe, I decided to give it a whirl. Long story short: there was something missing; but I'm down to give the sequel a shot.

Maddie James is back in her quaint Massachusetts hometown of Daybreak Island for her beloved Grandmother's funeral. Though she bailed for the West Coast to open Goin' Green, an organic juice bar, years ago; her reappearance in the New England nook has left her with all of the feels and memories of her past {aided by encounters with her BFF Becky Walsh and ex-high school sweetheart turned local police officer, Craig Tomlin}. Planning to merely stick around briefly to comfort and grieve alongside her Grandpa Leo, former Daybreak Island police chief, Maddie feels her plans start to shift when she encounters a stray tabby she dubs Orange Guy {later named JJ}, who captures her heart, and subsequently leads her to the dead body of one very powerful Frank O'Malley.

Though merely a wealthy resident, Frank O'Malley has the type of pull in Daybreak Island reserved for those holding political office; and as the President of the Chamber of Commerce, O'Malley is convinced that he runs the quaint town. From bullying new business owners to excluding less-profitable businesses from joining the Chamber, to badgering Grandpa Leo to sell his home - a residence that has been in the family for generations...you name it, and Frank O'Malley can state guilty as charged. So when JJ leads Maddie to Frank's dead body during the annual Food Stroll, there is no shortage of suspects. Unfortunately, the police appear to be targeting Grandpa Leo for the crime - an assumption that does not sit well with Maddie. So she does what any good granddaughter would...she decides to uncover the true killer, with JJ's help, to clear Grandpa Leo's good name. But the deeper she digs, the closer she is to losing her life - and she definitely doesn't have eight more to spare.

This book left me feeling unsettled upon turning the last page. Not because I knew who the murderer was the second they appeared in the book {though I did}, or because there wasn't a strong enough cat presence; rather, it was the characters themselves {barring JJ, who I would die for}. I can't figure out whether I liked or disliked the characters because they all felt very one-dimensional - like I knew them, but I didn't know them, if that makes any sense. They were just there; not doing anything to enchant me or leave me worrying about their well-being - including Maddie. I also found the love triangle between Maddie, Craig, and newcomer Lucas Davenport to be incredibly juvenile, trite, and obnoxious - perhaps because I felt no connection to any of them. Please keep in mind that there is no cat cafe in this book, that is planned for the sequel, Purrder She Wrote, which I do expect to purchase, as I'm eager to see if the addition of more cats and perhaps another chance at fleshing out the characters will win me over.


Star Rating: ***


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8.30.2021

NOTD: NAILS INC. Relationship Status: Blushing Nail Polish in Victoria Embankment

Two coats of NAILS INC. Relationship Status: Blushing Nail Polish in Victoria Embankment. Pale Pink Creme.

One of the greatest disappointments in swatching is when you have a stunning shade, and it refuses to photograph well. So is the case with this bad boy.

Victoria Embankment is a year-round pale pink creme that is sheer at one coat and opaque at two. The sheer to opaque build-up is beautiful and seamless, so it's def a versatile color if you like to switch between the two looks. This one had such fantastic wear-time. I wore it for over a week - even after filing my nails, there were no chips or cracks, and even tipwear was nonexistent. Obsessed with this one - you will be too!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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8.28.2021

8.26.2021

OPI Malibu Summer 2021 Nail Lacquer Mini 4-Pack Swatches + Review

NGL, I wasn't swooning when I first saw OPI's Malibu Summer 2021 Nail Lacquer Mini 4-Pack on the shelf, as the colors appeared fairly typical for this time of year; however, once I applied them...love! It was soon evident that this collection was full of colors for all seasons - a few of which I'll be wearing as we head into fall. Check out the gorgeous goodies below!

Pear-Adise Cove is a Chartreuse Green Creme. I think this color earns the Top Spot of strangest color in my 2021 nail polish collection. But seriously...Pear-Adise Cove is...different. On one hand the chartreuse green creme feels summer-y; on the other hand, it feels fall due to the muddiness of the undertones. I feel like this is one of those colors that grows on you while you're wearing it; however, I doubt that I'll pick it up again for a repeat-wear. That said, the formula was good. I did experience minor brush shedding; but nothing too bad. If you're looking for something unique, this bad boy def fits the bill! This is 2 coats.
Strawberry Waves Forever is a Bright Pink w/ Iridescent Shimmer. Y'all, this color is killing me. Like I legit cannot get over how unexpectedly perfect it is. Strawberry Waves Forever is a bright, magenta-leaning pink w/ iridescent shimmer that flashes purple, pink, and blue in different light. I cannot tell you how incredible the formula is here. The density is perfection, making it super simple to apply; and removal is a breeze because it is a shimmer not a glitter {don't confuse the two}. Though geared towards summer flings, this is one that I plan on adding to my year-round repertoire as it will easily be a smash come New Year's, Christmas, or Valentine's! This is 2 coats.

El Mat-adoring You is a Tan Caramel Creme. Okayokayokay, so I get that this color originated in a summer collection; but I am feeling. it. for. fall. El Mat-adoring You is a tan caramel creme that is legit the shade of the perfect iced coffee. The moment I swiped this one on my fingers all I could think about was Thanksgiving, and piles of leaves, and riding boots and...you get the picture. Formula here was a breeze to work with. I wish it would have dried slightly quicker {I accidentally indented the polish on my pointer finger}; but dry time aside, it was long lasting and stunning to look at for the week that I wore it. Love and highly recommend! This is 2 coats.

The Sound of Vibrance is a Purple Shimmer. Shimmer, shimmer cocoa pop...I had to do it. #sorrynotsorry. The Sound of Vibrance is a purple shimmer that 100% put a spell on me and made me think of all of the spooky, Halloween, Hocus Pocus things. I mean, I get that it's a shade from a summer collection, but it is just as killer for spooky season. Just saying. Formula was flawless. I do recommend using a heavier hand, or adding a third coat to ensure that no VNL is visible; but, other than that, it's bril. Highly recommend if purples are your poison. This is 2 coats. 


  AVAILABILITY: Target

  PRICE: $13.99 for the 4PC Mini Set; $10.49 for each full-size bottle.



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8.23.2021

NOTD: NAILS INC. Relationship Status: Blushing Nail Polish in The Strand

One coat of NAILS INC. Relationship Status: Blushing Nail Polish in The Strand. Berry Creme.

Y'all, it has been a minute, but I have finally found it...a OCW!

The Strand is more fall than summer given its juicy berry hue. That said, adding it to your polish repertoire as early as August is definitely understandable as it is bold, beautiful, and a brilliant seasonal transition shade. The formula here is positively phenomenal - legit one swipe, and just a few minutes dry time and voila! Absolute perfection. Highly recommend!

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8.21.2021

carpenter

TOPSHOP Denim Carpenter Overalls in MID DENIM.

Must have for fall 2021, amiright?

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8.19.2021

BOOK REVIEW: The Wrong Number by R.L. Stine



True story: Fear Street was my jam when I was in elementary school; but I eventually moved on to fantasy a la Harry Potter, leaving R.L. Stine behind - until Netflix announced the Fear Street trilogy and I got sucked right back in. So what caused me to select The Wrong Number for my re-entry into the spooky world of Stine? The opening scene of Fear Street Part One: 1994 obvi, when Maya Hawke as Heather rings up this very title at B. Dalton minutes prior to falling victim to the ghost face killer. But I digress...while a movie led me to this title, the words on the page are what truly kept me there.

When Deena Martinson's father gets promoted to VP of a local phone company, it doesn't just mean more money in the bank for her family - it also means that she's privy to the latest and greatest gadgets in telecommunications. Namely, her own private phone line in her bedroom. While the implied independence of the phone quickly captivates her gorgeous BFF Jade Smith; Deena has more pressing matters on her mind...like the fact that her brother {ahem...half-brother} Chuck will soon be moving in. Known for his penchant for breaking the rules {and the law}, Deena is anything but thrilled that he'll be walking the halls of Shadyside High in just a few short days, so Jade persuades her to make a little mischief of her own.

With phone book in hand, Deena and Jade start making harmless prank calls to the Shadyside student body - flirting and teasing some of the guys in their grade. But once Chuck arrives...things go a little too far. Chuck, who catches Jade's eye in mere moments, doesn't want to flirt, tease, or taunt the recipients of his phone calls; rather, he prefers threatening his victims. And then he does the unthinkable...he dials a number belonging to a resident on Fear Street, and accidentally overhears a murder being committed. Curious to know whether the tables have been turned, and they're now the ones being pranked, Chuck, Deena, and Jade decide to investigate - a decision that places the three teens in a type of danger they could have never imagined.

One thing I learned about Stine many, many years ago is that his books are notoriously a hit or miss. Sometimes you love them, sometimes they fall flat - and, on some occasions, you think you love one only to find it lose its charm in the final pages. The Wrong Number is one for the love pile. Reminiscent of Lois Duncan's I Know What You Did Last Summer; The Wrong Number leans more mystery/thriller/suspense than scary, which was perfectly fine with me since I love a good investigation. I stayed awake long past my bedtime to finish this one, and it was most definitely worth it. One of Stine's best Fear Street books to date. Highly recommend if you're just entering the world of Stine or simply reacquainting yourself with his works.


Star Rating: ****


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8.16.2021

NOTD: SOPHi by Piggy Paint Nail Polish in It's A Girl Thing

Two coats of SOPHi by Piggy Paint Non-Toxic Nail Polish in It's A Girl Thing. Neon Pink/Coral Creme.

Though I have experienced instances of nail colors that are different in the bottle than on the nail, no color has done so as drastically as this bad boy right here!

It's A Girl Thing is a neon pink/coral creme that is the epitome of summer fun; but it starts out different. This color actually applied to the nail as a pink raspberry shade that dried to a matte finish. So imagine my surprise when, after adding top coat, I wound up with this color. Trust me, I am not mad about it; but the diff def made me go on a search to find out whether this was a color changing polish or not {it's not btw}. But I digress...I'm obsessed. I did find that it doesn't deal with steam/heat as well as other polishes {it receded from the nail tip a bit}; but overall the staying power and color intensity was long lasting.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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8.14.2021

8.12.2021

love me truly

Free People Love Me Truly Cotton Minidress in OPTIC WHITE.

This dress was love at first sight for me babes, and that never happens. Need!

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8.09.2021

NOTD: OPI Malibu Nail Lacquer Collection in Strawberry Waves Forever

Two coats of OPI Malibu Nail Lacquer Collection in Strawberry Waves Forever. Bright Pink w/ Iridescent Shimmer.

Y'all, this color is killing me. Like I legit cannot get over how unexpectedly perfect it is.

Strawberry Waves Forever is a bright, magenta-leaning pink w/ iridescent shimmer that flashes purple, pink, and blue in different light. I cannot tell you how incredible the formula is here. The density is perfection, making it super simple to apply; and removal is a breeze because it is a shimmer not a glitter {don't confuse the two}. Though geared towards summer flings, this is one that I plan on adding to my year-round repertoire as it will easily be a smash come New Year's, Christmas, or Valentine's!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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8.07.2021

malibu

Free People Malibu Sweater & Shorts Set in WINTER WHEAT.

I am such a sucker for a good sweater and shorts set. Seriously coveting this cutie in both colors!

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8.05.2021

BOOK REVIEW: Summer of '79 by Darren Sapp



“You never forget the friends you grew up with. —Unknown”

My love for Stranger Things led me to Darren Sapp's Summer of '79, and I can honestly say that I am not mad about it. This was the perfect book to delve into during 4th of July weekend, when the temps were high, and all I wanted to do was laze around, enjoying the simplicity of summer. This book was my bestie during that period, what with the presence of The Oz arcade, to morning stops at the library, and afternoons spent gabbing with the DQ Gang {more on them later}, or constructing a top secret clubhouse down Devil's Backbone. Summer of '79 embraced the charm and curiosity that couples with the innocence of childhood, and will quickly capture the heart of multiple generations of readers.

Thirteen-year-old Kevin Bishop and his buddies {Larry Woodard, Slade Littlejohn, and Rut and Wendy Rutledge} plan on spending their summer playing baseball, swimming, and constructing a fort deep in the woods that will give them reprieve from their parents. After all, in Mead Creek, Texas, a locale known for a Civil War skirmish, and the 1912 unsolved triple murder of the Claymore family, there is little else to do to keep oneself cool and occupied. Little did they know, they were about to awaken their sleepy town to a decades-old secret.

Devil's Backbone is legendary - known as the location where the Claymore murderer has roamed since that fateful day in 1912. No longer used by vehicles, it has become a long-forgotten road, overgrown with brush, with a single entity located along the way: the Claymore estate. Devil's Backbone also happens to be the simplest route to the fort that Kevin and his friends are building, so they begin navigating it daily. It is during these trips that Kevin sees movement at the Claymore estate: first a person at a window, then a light on. He's convinced it's the ghost of Dickie Claymore, the lone suriving Claymore in the massacre; but perhaps it isn't his ghost at all. Upon further investigation {and frequent trips to the local Dairy Queen to gab with a group of old-timers dubbed the DQ Gang who congregate daily to shoot the breeze}, Kevin, Larry, Slade, Rut, and Wendy learn that Dickie is still alive, and living in the old Claymore estate. As they begin spending more time with the reclusive Dickie, the friends resolve to find justice for his family. But in doing so, they will shake their quiet town to its core.

I liked this one. Did it contain groundbreaking detective work or paranormal entities? Not really. But the innocence, simplicity, and familiarity found within the pages hook you nonetheless. The concept of just waking up and hopping on your bike to seek adventure in town is something that Gen Z, or even Millenials haven't experienced for themselves; so seeing it through the eyes of these young characters is endearing. Also endearing is the DQ Gang, who represent MC's every bit as much as our five protagonists {and provide many a chuckle}. Fans of Stranger Things or The Sandlot will quickly find themselves drawn to the pages. The perfect nostalgic read for a summer day.


Star Rating: ****


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8.02.2021

NOTD: OPI Malibu Nail Lacquer Collection in Pear-Adise Cove

Two coats of OPI Malibu Nail Lacquer Collection in Pear-Adise Cove. Chartreuse Green Creme.

I think this color earns the Top Spot of strangest color in my 2021 nail polish collection. But seriously...

Pear-Adise Cove is...different. On one hand the chartreuse green creme feels summer-y; on the other hand, it feels fall due to the muddiness of the undertones. I feel like this is one of those colors that grows on you while you're wearing it; however, I doubt that I'll pick it up again for a repeat-wear. That said, the formula was good. I did experience minor brush shedding; but nothing too bad. If you're looking for something unique, this bad boy def fits the bill!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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7.29.2021

loveland

BILLABONG Loveland Cover-Up Wrap in MULTI.

These retro colors are legit giving me life!

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7.26.2021

NOTD: NAILS INC. Relationship Status: Blushing Nail Polish in Dover Street

Two coats of NAILS INC. Relationship Status: Blushing Nail Polish in Dover Street. Barbie Pink Creme.

Answer me this: is it even summer if you haven't rocked Barbie pink on your nails at least once? Seriously.

Dover Street is one of those Barbie pink cremes that I can never get enough of because of the lilac/lavender undertones that legit amp up the girly vibes! The formula here was perf! Two coats gets you full coverage and the prettiest nails on the beach. Highly recommend if you dig flirty pinks!

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7.24.2021

darling

Free People Darling Romper in SPICED BRANDY.

How adorbs is this piece for summer to fall transitioning?!

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7.22.2021

BOOK REVIEW: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han



Plot Twist: I, a hardcore anti-romance reader, felt as if my heart had grown three sizes by the time I turned the last page of Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before because I loved it! So much so that I read it from start to finish in one day, and legit feel all swoon-y at the mere mention of Peter Kavinsky. Le sigh. This is the first time I have crushed on a book boy since Michael Moscovitz of Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries, so this. is. huge.

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song Covey is prepped for a year of changes. She's officially an upperclassman {Junior, thank you very much}; has taken on the role of woman of the house, what with her older sister Margot off to college in Scotland; and is finally being forced to become comfortable behind the wheel now that she has her younger sister, Kitty, to care for. One change Lara Jean didn't expect to come her way is that involving...boys.

You see, Lara Jean has been in love a total of 5 times, each relationship forever immortalized in an unsent love letter kept in a special hatbox nestled in her closet. Those relationships, however? 100% one-sided - as in, the guys never knew how Lara Jean felt about them; hence the unsent love letters trope. Then one day, the letters find themselves out in the world - arriving in the hands of all of the boys Lara Jean has loved before, and opening up a can of worms that may be impossible to contain.

Peter Kavinsky, Josh Sanderson, Lucas James, Kenny Donati, and John Ambrose McClaren. Lara Jean's five loves. Though overall harmless {albeit embarrassing} for them to learn how Lara Jean once felt about them, one of those letters can cause huge trouble in her life. Josh Sanderson. Lara Jean knew him first; but he became Margot's boyfriend. For a long time. Him learning that Lara Jean once {okay, still} harbored romantic feelings towards him could ruin everything. And if the news made it back to Margot? Let's just say that she'd be a dead girl walking. So she creates a ruse with one of her letter recipients...Peter Kavinsky himself.

Beautiful, popular, confident...Peter Kavinsky is the guy of every girl's dreams. He's also nursing a broken heart, having just been dumped by his longtime girlfriend, Genevieve 'Gen' Mitchell. In his eyes, if he fakes a relationship with Lara Jean, he'll make Gen so jealous that she'll come crawling back to him. In Lara Jean's eyes, faking a relationship with Peter is just what she needs to sell Josh on the fact that she is so not into him. It's a win-win for them both; but as they become more entangled in one another's lives, scrapbook-making, cupcake baking, suspender-wearing Lara Jean realizes that she may just be falling for the handsome jock. And Peter K? Yeah, it may just be falling right back.

You guys!!! This book is so. cute. NGL here, I never would have given it a shot if not for the Netflix movie {which is adorbs and cast so well!}; but I am so glad that I did! It is not everyday that you find a romance that is simply sweet - that feels wholesome and charming without 21st century vulgarities; but To All the Boys I've Loved Before is just that. It engages you through the characters - the ultra-relatable Lara Jean {seriously, I adore her!}; the oft-times over-the-top Kitty; the more-than-meets-the-eye Peter K; and even Lara Jean's well-meaning father. The one character I could not stand, however, was Margot. In the movie she was fine; in the book she is intolerable: bossy, self-centered, and utterly obnoxious. Nevertheless, her role is not huge, so it's possible to ignore her presence most of the time.

Though dubbed a romance; To All the Boys I've Loved Before goes beyond that, highlighting the importance of family, which is such a beautiful sentiment, and not one highly-represented in YA. Bottom line: I loved it, and cannot wait to read the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You.


Star Rating: ****


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7.19.2021

NOTD: SOPHi by Piggy Paint Nail Polish in Pretty Shore About You

Three coats of SOPHi by Piggy Paint Non-Toxic Nail Polish in Pretty Shore About You. Baby Blue Pastel Creme.

Give me all the baby blue nail polish. Seriously though I live for these colors year-round.

Pretty Shore About You is a Tiffany's-inspired baby blue pastel creme that features one of my favorite polish traits: that bright yet white element that allows it to retain its subdued, pastel tone; while adding a bright undertone that makes it pop. Formula was easy to work with here; however, this polish dried 100% matte, which totally surprised me. SOPHi PRIME + SHINE + SEAL System added the shine you see here, giving it life; but you def need to load up on top coat if you want it to sparkle. Absolutely adoring this one!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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7.17.2021

long n lean

Free People Destroyed Long N Lean Denim Jacket in CLOUD WASH.

Denim jackets are my can't live without, and this one is calling. my. name. Seriously digging that step hem and distressing.

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7.15.2021

NAILS INC. Relationship Status: Blushing Nail Polish Set Swatches + Review

I know, I know, I know...I am not always the biggest fan of pink polishes; but when I spotted this Relationship Status: Blushing Nail Polish Set from NAILS INC., I couldn't resist. There's something so girly glam about the ombre-inspired quartet, that works year-round {and will also be perf for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October}; while adding a playful prettiness to your paws. Side note: the formula is phenom - something I've come to expect from NAILS INC. Let's get to the swatches!
The Strand is a Berry Creme. Y'all, it has been a minute, but I have finally found it...a OCW! The Strand is more fall than summer given its juicy berry hue. That said, adding it to your polish repertoire as early as August is definitely understandable as it is bold, beautiful, and a brilliant seasonal transition shade. The formula here is positively phenomenal - legit one swipe, and just a few minutes dry time and voila! Absolute perfection. Highly recommend! This is 1 coat.
Victoria Embankment is a Pale Pink Creme. One of the greatest disappointments in swatching is when you have a stunning shade, and it refuses to photograph well. So is the case with this bad boy. Victoria Embankment is a year-round pale pink creme that is sheer at one coat and opaque at two. The sheer to opaque build-up is beautiful and seamless, so it's def a versatile color if you like to switch between the two looks. This one had such fantastic wear-time. I wore it for over a week - even after filing my nails, there were no chips or cracks, and even tipwear was nonexistent. Obsessed with this one - you will be too! This is 2 coats.
Dover Street is a Barbie Pink Creme. Answer me this: is it even summer if you haven't rocked Barbie pink on your nails at least once? Seriously. Dover Street is one of those Barbie pink cremes that I can never get enough of because of the lilac/lavender undertones that legit amp up the girly vibes! The formula here was perf! Two coats gets you full coverage and the prettiest nails on the beach. Highly recommend if you dig flirty pinks! This is 2 coats.
St. Christopher's Place is a Neon Pink Crelly. Can we just take a moment to admire how juicy this shade is? Please! St. Christopher's Place is a watermelon-inspired neon pink that was made for playful afternoons spent beachside. Though I'm not typically a neon pink fan; the plump, juicy look of this one {all attributed to the fact that it's a crelly} make it a standout for me. NGL...it was a nightmare to photograph; but the formula was phenom, which more than makes up for it. Next time I may try layering it over underwear {white creme polish} to make it even more electrifying!This is 2 coats.

AVAILABILITY: Sephora.

PRICE: $22.00 for the 4PC Mini Set.

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7.12.2021

NOTD: Defy & Inspire Vita Fit Vitamin Infused Nail Polish in Ion the Prize

Three coats of Defy & Inspire Vita Fit Vitamin Infused Nail Polish in Ion the Prize. Blurple Creme.

True story: I purchased this pretty because it was only $2.99, and I needed something extra for free shippingl but I am obsessed!

Ion the Prize is a brilliant blurple creme that I thought was going to be an electric blue {purchased online, so colors can be distorted} - but I'm not mad about the diff. This color is a stunner. Yes, it required 3 coats because it's fairly thin; but it is decadent once opaque, and is both chip-free and long-lasting. Not gonna lie here...I kind of want to buy all of the colors in this collection now!

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7.10.2021

pietro

Free People Pietro Tie Back Romper in MELO PEARL.

Obsessed with this cutie romper. Legit the best look to beat the heat!

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7.08.2021

BOOK REVIEW: Truly Devious: A Mystery by Maureen Johnson



“Stevie had no fears of the dead. The living, however, sometimes gave her the creeps.”

NGL here, my Harriet the Spy-loving heart did a little jump for joy while reading this one because Maureen Johnson's Truly Devious truly felt like a more grown-up, tech savvy version of the book that literally shaped my childhood, with Stevie taking up the role of Harriet, Nate starring as Sport, and Janelle headlining as the inimitable Janie. But I digress...Truly Devious, in a sea of supernatural, stands out as an unputdownable thriller in the vein of Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes that will make. you. swoon.

There is nothing truly remarkable about 16-year-old Stevie Bell, so when she lands a spot at the exclusive Ellingham Academy, a school nestled in the remote mountains of Vermont, priding itself on its gifted student body, she questions whether a mistake has been made. After all, her only true talent lies in her obsession with true crime - particularly a case that took place at Ellingham Academy eighty years ago {more on that later}. Nevertheless, Stevie is desperate to fulfill her desire of finding a dead body {morbid, I know}, and experiencing adventure that will put her on a path to becoming a detective, so she heads to the elusive institution. If a mistake has been made, they'll simply send her home - no harm, no foul.

A free institution for the best and brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists across the country; Ellingham Academy was founded in the early Twentieth Century by Albert Ellingham - a tycoon determined to create a novel learning experience highlighting that "learning is a game." But soon after opening its doors to the public, Ellingham's beloved wife and young daughter go missing. In their place is a mocking riddle constructed of possible heinous deaths the pair may endure, and an ominous signature...Truly Devious.

A cold case dubbed one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history; Stevie is convinced that by gaining access to Ellingham, she'll be able to hunt for clues and solve the mystery - thereby placing her on the map as an up and coming detective to be reckoned with. But soon after arriving at Ellingham, Stevie finds herself embroiled in a different death, one carried out by a Truly Devious copycat, and knows that it's time to put her detective skills to work to catch the killer - before the killer catches her.

My one qualm about Truly Devious was that I did not discover it sooner, because it was everything I've been hoping to find in a YA - romance on the backburner, mystery at the forefront, and a dynamite cast of characters. Though the idea of Ellingham, at times, seems too good to be true {free in this day and age??}; Johnson makes it work splendidly, and makes it difficult not to complete the book in one sitting. NGL, some may feel very perturbed by the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers at the end; but having bonded with the characters, I didn't see the loose end as a flaw - rather, a chance to come up with a few theories of my own before snagging the sequel, The Vanishing Stair.

If you're seeking a new mystery series to sink your teeth into, this one comes highly recommended. Bravo Ms. Johnson!


Star Rating: *****


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7.05.2021

NOTD: NAILS INC. Relationship Status: Proud Nail Polish in Buckingham Palace Road

Two coats of NAILS INC. Relationship Status: Proud Nail Polish in Buckingham Palace Road. Aqua Teal Creme.

I don't know what it is about aqua/teal shades, but I don't love them. There's just something blase about them that I can never put my finger on; but maybe that's just me.

Buckingham Palace Road is one such shade. An aqua/teal creme that checks all the boxes for a bright, summer-perfect pedi; with a formula that is to-die-for {two weeks, no chips - natch!}. While, admittedly, this bad boy is not my cup of tea; if you dig a good teal you'll be swooning.

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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7.03.2021

7.01.2021

angele

Free People Angele Minidress in DRAGONFRUIT PUNCH

Jury's still out on why I'm crushing so hard on this dress, but I'm obsessed and kind of want it in all of the colors!

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6.28.2021

NOTD: NAILS INC. Relationship Status: Proud Nail Polish in New Bond Street

Two coats of NAILS INC. Relationship Status: Proud Nail Polish in New Bond Street. Cornflower Blue Creme.

I love a good baby blue, but this bad boy takes baby blue to another level with subtle undertones of lilac that make this beauty stand out above the crowd {yes, I was just watching A Goofy Movie}.

New Bond Street is a cornflower blue creme that will make all of your pastel polish dreams come true. I'm obsessed with this shade for summer because it manages to bridge the gap between bright and pastel, and I am incapable of resisting that. Gorgeous formula here - easy to apply, super fast dry, and longwear. Def a new fave for me!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?


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6.26.2021

stripes for days

Free People Stripes for Days Sweater & Shorts Set in SUNSET COMBO.

Picturing myself lounging in this cutie two-piece all summer.

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