Friday Five: Blue Nails

One of my favorite trends right now is adding a pop of blue with nail color. Having a "cool" complexion and lighter hair, I've always favored blues and greens in my wardrobe, but adding it to the ends of my fingers is a nice switch! Take a break from the usual pink and red polishes for spring and add an unexpected splash of blue to your look. From bright cobalt to baby hues, here's the lineup of my current five favorite blue shades, along with a little blue inspiration from my Pinterest:

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1. Blue My Mind from OPI 2. Keks from Butter London 3. Jacuzzi from Sephora 4. Lapis of Luxury from Essie 5. Not A Cloud In The Sky from L'Oreal

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left to right, top to bottom: 1|2|3|4|5

plus my own blue mani...

photo (5) What's your favorite blue hue?

New Hair?

My hair has finally grown out to the length I've been wanting (I have the slowest-growing hair ever), so I'm starting to think about new haircuts and styles to make it look its best. If you're like me and have a slight fear of commitment every time you think about changing your hair, then the Instyle Hollywood Makeover tool is perfect for you. It lets you try on hair styles and colors worn by tons of today's celebrities, and you can filter by length, trend, color, hair type, and more. I use it every time I want to do anything to my hair, major or minor. So, on my lunch break today, I decided to "try on" a few different styles to see what I might like...and maybe a couple crazy ones just for fun. Here are a few of the contenders (not necessarily in the color shown):

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I've already polled some friends and have a couple favorites picked out, but I'd love to hear what you think! Which is your favorite?

Currently Craving: Fall

Welcome to the first of a new recurring post: Currently Craving! I thought this would be a good place for me to keep track of the gorgeous things I find around the internet, as well as a way for me to slip in some of the tips/tricks I've learned along the way.

Today's focus: fall. This time of year always makes me think of two things—new clothes and school supplies. Since this is the first fall that I'm not in school, I was going into a little bit of a withdrawal, until I found the grown-up version: office accessories! Here are a few chic statements to spruce up your wardrobe and your desk.

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One of the perks of living in Texas has been the wonderfully warm climate; however, this also means that it is mid October and very few of my autumn clothes have been out to play! So how do you get the look and feel of a fall outfit without suffering a heat stroke? Here are a few tips:

  • Breezy Fabrics! So many of the fall looks and trends involve longer hemlines and lots of layers. An easy way to get this look without all the bulk is to wear pieces that are light and airy! Opt for lightweight cottons, linens, or sheer fabrics over heavier materials like wool and leather. When it comes to sweaters, choose larger, more open weaves that allow for some breathing.
  • Long & Short If it's the long-sleeved look you're after, balance it out with a shorter hem. Keeping it cool on the bottom helps to balance out a more covered-up top.
  • Color & Pattern This is the simplest trick for getting a fall  look without taking the heat! Choose pieces in darker, autumn-inspired hues, like deep orange, burgundy, and emerald. Also mix in some conventional fall prints, such as plaid, to give your look a cold-weather feel. A short-sleeved top in a deep pumpkin color or dark plaid looks a lot more "fall" than one in light pink, yet it's just as lightweight!

1. Plaid dress - Mango | 2. Emerald dress - Mango | 3. Landscape dress - Mango | 4. Scalloped bag - ASOS | 5. Gold flat - ShopSosie | 6. Burgundy wedge - Steve Madden | 7. Pair of lamps - LuLu & Georgia | 8. Phone dock - Jonathan Adler | 9. Stapler - Design Darling