how to: at home manicure.

my finger nails are my favorite accessory. hands down. [pun intended].

keeping them pretty + polished takes work, but I make my best effort to make it happen. as a child I fell victim to nail biting¬†especially when nervous, I found the only remedy was to keep my nails painted. because habits are hard to break, but chipped nails are worse. and I’d leave my nails alone only if they were painted. the routine has kind of stuck with me into adulthood.

7 steps to the best at home manicure.

at home manicure //

1 // remove nail polish with 100% acetone nail polish remover. it gets off any polish [glitter included] so much faster + easier. once you go acetone, you won’t go back.

2 // file your nails to your desired shape. I tend to keep mine fairly square-shaped.

3 // lather your hands up with lotion.

4 // use an eyeliner brush, dip in acetone, and clean excess lotion off your nails.

5 // paint a base coat on each of your nails. I am a fan off essie’s grow stronger.

6 // two coats of your favorite nail polish. lately I’m loving: get in expresso lane.

7 // finish with a top coat. essie’s good to go is the only one I’ll use. it provides a glossy shine + it dries so fast. I can be a bit impatient.

my go to winter polishes.

holiday casual.

with all the parties you have get to attend this holiday season, dressing yourself can be stressful. to ease that stress, plan a couple of outfits in advance. so you’re ready for whatever comes your way.

casual holiday //

casual holiday //

casual holiday //

casual holiday //

wearing: v neck white tee // navy skirt // black booties.

casual holiday //

casual holiday //

and don’t forget the essentials for any holiday outfit:

a bright, statement necklace. // fun bracelet. // go-to festive + winter nail color: OPI romeo & joliet. // quick drying top coat: essie good to go. // red lipstick.

[*editor’s note: these items would make great stocking stuffers. just thinkin’ ahead].

and while we’re on the subject of christmas ..who is linking up with me next friday?¬†it’s going to be fun!

holiday challenge //

happy tuesday.


the week in photos.


that’s how excited I am to be in my hometown today, with my FAMILY.

and now, only mere hours away from being in iowa city. the hometown of my college days. for the iowa vs penn state football game. plus a whole lot of tailgating!

I’ll be snapping hundreds of photos. look for those on monday. in the meantime ..

the week in photos.

[J] & I made a beef stir-fry, jam-packed with veggies, atop quinoa. with a side of green beans. so scrumptious.

I got a new air freshener for my car. & I’m in love. [it’s the little things in life friends]. meet the febreze car air freshener vent clip [thai dragon fruit].

I painted my nails with my all-time favorite polish – OPI’s my private jet. it has the power to improve my mood.

have a grrrrrrreat weekend!!

[wknd recap on monday. if I survive!!]