BILLABONG Loveland Cover-Up Wrap in MULTI.

These retro colors are legit giving me life!



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!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?




Free People Darling Romper in SPICED BRANDY.

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



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: ****



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?


Disclaimer: Cat Eyes & Skinny Jeans occasionally receives vendor/ brand sponsorships for mentioning their products and services. This product was received complimentary; however, all opinions are my own.


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.



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.


PRICE: $22.00 for the 4PC Mini Set.




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!

What nail color are you rocking for #ManicureMonday?




Free People Pietro Tie Back Romper in MELO PEARL.

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



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: *****



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?





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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