[stylespace] Retro Repeat OOTD

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Hello, hello!

So today, I’m featuring the Zara laser cutout heels that I’ve been showing for the past few posts, haha.

I thrifted the patterned sweatshirt (What’s the pattern called? Not houndstooth, but something similar…) and…

I wanted something not too crazy to clash with the top today, so I paired it with this statement necklace from Windsor.

The gleam from the stones adds some visual interest, but the fact that it’s in the same color palette as the sweatshirt helps it hang as a subtle piece.

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To keep this office-friendly, I paired it with a black pencil skirt from J. Crew (thrifted!) and the heels! 🙂

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The pattern makes me so dizzy but deliriously happy inside, haha. I love the coziness of the knit, but do y’all understand when your accessory/a sharp corner of a desk gets caught in the yarn and unravels a part of it? Merp.

#firstworldproblems

#knitpicking

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A closeup from head…

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To toe!

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All ten of them, in fact. 😀

Have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

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[stylespace] a pop of neutral

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[Question of the Day]

What kind of gifts do you enjoy receiving?

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Well, I received this lovely cup as a gift a few months back – handmade, too!

Those are my favorites.

Thank you!

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And I have decided to utilize it by showcasing lovely nail polishes that will be displayed for your viewing pleasure.

When?

Today, of course.

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For the past few years, I’ve been hearing the “pop of color” phrase tossed around so many times that I’d be a millionaire (maybe. probably not) if I got a nickel for every time those sounds wafted into my ears.

Maybe I’d be a millionaire if I received a thousand dollars every time I heard it. But that would be a full time job in itself, no?

In any case, I’ve been thinking about pop of colors.

What does that mean, you may ask?

Generally, when you have an outfit that is neutral (earth tones, grey, black, white, etc), you decide to accentuate the look as a whole by adding a single pop of color.

This can be accomplished with a pair of neon heels, a chunky bracelet in an unexpected color, etc. For example, an all-black outfit would draw the eyes to a pair of bright red heels (the heels being the pop of color). It’s usually best to stick to one pop of color so as to not create a haphazardly distracting outfit, but an outfit should be pulled together by every piece’s working to highlight the accent piece. Does this make sense?

And being the “outrageously” out of the box person I am (not… maybe), I decided to go with a pop of neutral today!

Who says you can’t?

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Featured today: Essie’s “Ladylike” (my favorite mauvey shade) and Essie’s “Sand Tropez” (my favorite neutral)

So go on, paint them!

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I usually like to make my ring finger and thumb the accent nails, and so this time I painted my ring finger with “Ladylike” as a soft pop.

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Ya like? : )

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And then I went over the accent nail with chunky gold glitter because, well, it makes life a little more fun. I like having little disco balls on my nails!

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The final look!

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I hope you enjoyed, and have a lovely day!

Love,

Jess

[inspirespace] under the sea nail art

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Hello, world!

It was a late, late night and somehow the fancy of trying out a nail design just crept up on me. And then… it struck! And got me. The inspiration came from this nail art tutorial – I tweaked it to make it a little bit more me. If you want to get this look, it’s so simple and turns out so beautifully! Here goes nothing!

[The completed look]

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The Cast of Characters (I clearly read ThePioneerWoman):

  1. A beautiful sea blue (Essie’s “turquoise & caicos”)
  2. A soft, tangerine-esque color (Sephora mini)
  3. A neutral shade (white or peach)
  4. Topcoat (I just used Revlon’s clear nail polish)
  5. A dotting tool (the back end of a random paintbrush)

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And now, the directions!

Step 1: paint your nails caribbean blue

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Step 2: Use the tangerine nail polish to draw little seastars! They don’t all have to be complete – draw some floating on the edge or huddling near your cuticle 🙂

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Lovely.

Step 3: Take the paint brush, dip it into the beige/neutral nail color (I dipped it lightly into the brush of the nail polish to ensure I wouldn’t get TOO much on). Then, dot it lightly (for a smaller dot) or a little more forcefully to get a larger dot. I dotted the inside of the starfish, as well as various whimsical curves through the empty blue space. It’s up to you – be creative! 🙂

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Step 4: Top with a clear coat of polish to make your nail surface glossy and keep the design better intact.

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And you’re done! I hope you enjoyed this, and found this helpful! I love how this turned out – I hope you do too!

Faretheewell!

-Jessica