Friday Five: Top Pins

Happy Friday! To kick off this gorgeous weekend, here are five pins from this week that have me feeling inspired. Stay beautiful! xo

Combofun spring prints!

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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…

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What’s your favorite blue hue?

Currently Craving: Handbags

CC_HandbagsOne of my favorite parts about spring is cleaning out my closet to make way for last year’s warm-weather clothing that’s been stored away, and to see where I can add some fun new pieces. I also took some time last weekend to completely rearrange my closet into a sort of mini dressing room (I might post some photos later—it’s still semi in-progress), and in doing so I noticed that my bag game has been slipping. The majority of my collection consists of blacks and browns, with one fun emerald bag thrown in. Now that spring is upon us, it’s the perfect time to add some color to my wardrobe with a few light & bright handbags! Join me? Here are a few of my favorites:

1. “Mia” Satchel- T Tahari
2. “Juliana” Tote- Carlos by Carlos Santana
3. Weekender Bag- Kate Spade Saturday
4. “Stacey” Geometric Shoulder Tote- Handbag Heaven
5. Envelope Clutch- Pull&Bear
6. Floral Print Wing Tote- Handbag Republic

NOTE: Since starting my job here at Neimans, I’ve learned that you never use the word “purse.” Never. 

 

Halfway There!

It’s Wednesday, which means only two more days until the weekend! If your week’s been dragging like mine has, here are a few fun links to get you over the hump.

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This waiter for the homeless really warmed my heart.
Kickstarter recently passed $1 billion in pledges!
These 17 things you start doing when you get an office job couldn’t be more spot-on.
This woman gives one of the most riveting TED talks I’ve heard.
Are you better at science than the average American?
How to kill an entire afternoon at work without actually getting anything done.

Cactus design by Helen Dealtry
PS- You can download this as wallpaper for your desktop or phone here.

Dining Chair Inspiration

Remember those chairs I told you I was fixing up for my dining room? I know I promised a DIY post, and I haven’t forgotten, but this isn’t it. We had a couple of rainy weekends last month and, since I can’t safely use paint stripper or spray paint inside my apartment, I had to wait it out. But I’m getting there! I’ve scrubbed all of the chairs and soaked the rust off the hardware, completely stripped the stain off one chair (it’s a long process with all the little nooks and crannies in those babies), put one coat of paint on said chair, and picked out the fabric to re-upholster the cushions in. See, progress! Here’s the chair mid-painting:

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Gorgeous, right? I’m thinking a turquoise/aqua vinyl for the cushion like these from Little Green Notebook (although I’m still toying with the idea of a printed fabric).

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I’ve been documenting my entire process and I promise to have a detailed post up when I’m done, in case you want to attempt something similar. In the meantime, here are some of the images that inspired me while shopping for chairs of my own (click through for links).

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If you want more DIY inspiration, head over to Little Green Notebook—my go-to for design ideas. Redoing your own items? Share them below!