Easy Halloween Nails

easy Halloween Nails diy julep nail polish

I feel totally obliged to preface every nail post I do with a blurb that goes a little something like this: My nail painting skills are sub-par, so these tutorials, if you can even call them that, are more like color palette inspiration. Because let’s be real, I’m not showing you how to make a ghost, I’m showing you how to creatively pile a dark crackle orange on top of a lighter orange for what hopefully gives off some sort of Halloween vibe.

Not to toot my own horn, but I think I legitimately rocked it on my nails this time around. They could easily be my best intentionally festive nails yet. Say it loud, say it proud, my nails kind of rock. Anyhow, I guess the exciting thing, if you like my nails, is that if I can do it, oh man, you can too. I used five polishes to get this look, all of the Julep variety (except for the glorious American Apparel matte top coat). The sparkly black is Estelle, the greyish black is Fiore, the light orange is Saaya, and the crackle orange is Sabrina. And if you’re loving the black but seriously not feeling the orange, you might like this 50 Shade of Black nail inspo.

For nails where you use Estelle, two coats of glitter black is perfect. For Fiore, two coats with a matte top coat to finish gives a dull look. For the orange nails, I did two coats of Saaya (this was the perfect bottom color because it has a glow to it, similar to the glow coming through a jock-o-lantern) and then a single quick coat of Sabrina for the crackle to work perfectly.

easy Halloween Nails diy julep nail polish

easy Halloween Nails diy julep nail polish

easy Halloween Nails diy julep nail polish

I have a bit of a nail polish obsession, they’re  like pokemon, gotta catch em all…or whatever they say. I get their Julep Maven boxes at least every other month, if not every month, and it’s possibly the best $20 I spend each month (probably not true but whatever). Anyhow, if you want to give it a try, you can get the the first box free…so four free nail polishes, and then you can cancel, and just have four free nail polishes. But that’s how I got sucked in, so be warned.

P.S. I know you’re on the prowl for a new small night out purse, and I know you seriously want to win this one! Giveaway closes on Sunday so hop to it!

 

13.1 Miles Later

Nike Womens Marathon San Francisco 2014

So, Sunday my mom and I did the big San Francisco half marathon. Just like every year before, the first few miles were the worst (can you say no light at the end of the tunnel?) and as it progressed, the hope of finishing without dying became greater. On that note, I’ve been doing this race with my mom since 2008 and we’ve finished every time, so the odds of not finishing are never terribly high, but when you have ten miles to go, anything feels possible, even trying to hitch a ride on a motorcycle to the finish…why I just thought of this now and not during the race is beyond me.

Again, I’d like to emphasis my lack of athleticism as well as the dire need to capture unnecessary selfies throughout the race with my mom.  That should explain the pictures that are about the follow. There was also an exorbitant amount of free juice from Suja juice. So I was forced to fall in love with another $9 a bottle company, and gorged all weekend.

Nike Womens Marathon San Francisco 2014 Suja juice

Nike Womens Marathon San Francisco 2014

Nike Womens Marathon San Francisco 2014

Nike Womens Marathon San Francisco 2014

Nike Womens Marathon San Francisco 2014

Nike Womens Marathon San Francisco 2014

Did I mention you get a Tiffany & Co necklace at the end of the race, there’s a chocolate mile where they give you truffles, and we always get tons of free Luna bars each year? It’s possibly the best women’s half marathon ever…if nothing else, it’s the only half marathon that I’ve ever done, so that should make it special.

Nike Womens Marathon San Francisco 2014

(we also picked up some tea, taffy, lavendar spray and a few other fun things from the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building on Saturday.)

P.S. I know you’re on the prowl for a new small night out purse, and I know you seriously want to win this one! Giveaway closes on Sunday so hop to it!

 

Off To The SF Nike Women’s Half Marathon

San Francisco nike women's half marathon tiffany nike shoes

This Sunday will be the 6th year in a row that my mom and I go up to San Francisco for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon. Although I would love for you to think of me as a running badass, we generally walk a solid 95% of the half marathon, they also hand out chocolate in the last mile. There are definitely a great deal of people that participate that are actually runners…those people just don’t happen to be my mom and me. We’re more the stop-at-every-snack-stop-and-pause-for-tons-of-pictures-along-the-way half marathoners. So we leave today (Friday) and come home Sunday after we power through those 13.1 miles like champions.

If you have any interest whatsoever in following me through San Francisco, you should totally follow me on instagram, and if you have a favorite place to go, you should tell me. because there’s always something new to try! Happy weekend and see you Monday xx

P.S. I know you’re on the prowl for a new small night out purse, and I know you seriously want to win this one!

Salvation In A Small Purse + A Giveaway

Toolastyle phone case purse giveaway plaid mixed print street style

92% of the time, I’m lugging around a purse a la The Olsen Twins. My bags may not be that big, but sometimes they feel that way. Regardless of how big, or medium sized they are, I consistently manage to lose nearly everything, always, in the voide that is my purse. You have to have this problem too, right? It can’t just be me… Although it bothers me to no end that I can never find the key card to get into the office or the parking ticket to get out of the lot or the keys to get into my car, 92% of the time, I can’t imagine life with a purse small enough to find everything in.

But when it’s time for that 8% to show it’s face, and I toss my massive parachute purse to the wind in exchange for an itty bitty bag that doesn’t make me hunch under it’s weight, my precious little Toola phone case / wallet is there to catch me. I’m just throwing this out there, but when I go to the market, or to get a donut, or somewhere else inconspicuous, I REALLY don’t want to have to get my shit together, I just want my keys, my cell phone, and the magic plastic card that buys me things.  This Toola phone case will surely be my salvation from my slew of massive bags, that I actually love a lot more than I’m letting on right now. [stick around, there's a giveaway at the end of this post FYI]

Toolastyle phone case purse giveaway plaid mixed print street style

Toolastyle phone case purse giveaway

Toolastyle phone case purse giveaway plaid mixed print street style

Toolastyle phone case purse giveaway plaid mixed print street style

Toolastyle phone case purse giveaway plaid mixed print street style

Toolastyle phone case purse giveaway plaid mixed print street style

In other, but totally related news, because I love TOOLA’s phone cases so much and want to share with you, these beautiful people are letting me give one away, and you can have whichever totally gorgeous phone case you want, promise. Just (1) hop on over to Toola Style, (2) pick the case you officially can’t live without, (3) leave a comment on this post letting me know you’re officially obsessed and which bag you want, (4) and you’re entered! Of course, you can also get a few extra entries by checking out the little giveaway widget just below this!

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