|OPI Need Sunglasses? // Essie Mezmerised // Sally Hansen White On // Kiss Brush On Nail Art Paint in Black|
While I’ve been slacking when it comes to nail posts (okay, all posts), my nails have not been bare. There have been quite a few designs that I wanted to share but didn’t take photos before I inevitably chipped the manicure. I would not let that happen with this one. I am obsessed with this design!
In the mood to try something new, I hit up a few of my favorite nail art blogs for inspiration. I spotted this one on Miss Ladyfinger and knew I had to give it a try. How could I resist all those stripes even if I was a bit intimidated? I’m not a fan of red nail polish, so I swapped the red stripe for a blue one but otherwise copied it exactly. The result is definitely a new favorite.
What do you think of this manicure?
Remember when I used to blog about my manicure every week? Well, I’m really hoping to bring back weekly nail art posts, and I’m happy to kick it off with this manicure. I had admired the distressed look that results from the dry brush technique for a while and decided to finally give it a try to see if it’s as easy as I’d heard. It is. There is almost no way to fuck this up. It’s my new go-to design when I’m short on time. (Move over polka dots!)
For this manicure, I applied a base coat and then two coats of silver polish. Once that dried, I used a sponge to add a gradient with gold polish. Then the dry technique: I removed almost all polish from the brush so that it was almost dry and applied uneven swipes of polish. To finish it off, I swiped on my favorite topcoat.
What do you think?
Shirt: Something Else by Natalie Wood (Mira Mira)
Jeans: Current/Elliott (Nordstrom)
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell (Shoe Biz)
Bag: See by Chloe (a gift)
I’ll just come right out and say it: I can be a little bit of a prick sometimes. On a good day I’m as sarcastic as they come, but give me a week that won’t end, not a lot of sleep and a touch of a hangover, and what many people would consider part of my charm becomes a little less endearing. And this shirt is perfect for those days! I mean, at least I warn people…
This bag has been in heavy rotation lately because my laptop bag broke, and this is one of the only bags in my closet that can hold my laptop. I forgot how much I love this bag; I remember being so excited when I opened it up one Christmas many years ago! It’s a little like being reunited with an old friend. All that said, I really need a new laptop bag – any recommendations? I’d love to hear them!
Sweater: Elizabeth and James (Nordstrom)
Jeans: Current/Elliott (Nordstrom)
Boots: Dolce Vita (Shopbop)
Bag and Rings: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Look who’s back to blogging – this girl!
And with a new hair color! Let’s jump right in and talk about my hair, because I love it. I had been debating blue for a while before I finally pulled the trigger. I went into the salon with a dozen photos of pastel blue shades, but my hair stylist confirmed what the little voice in the back of my head had already told me a million times. Those lovely pastel blues last, like, three washes. So, I went with something darker and I already love how it’s fading with each wash.
As for the outfit, it’s a typical Monday outfit for me. Boyfriend jeans? Check. Comfortable shoes? Check. And…a black cloud? That sounds about right.
| | Labels: Recap
Well, hello again. I know it’s been a while, and I think I owe you all an explanation. In reflecting on 2013, it was clearly a year when I really focused on my career. My job is demanding and challenging, and it pushes me to be better every single day. While the Type A in me absolutely fucking loves that, another part of me is exhausted. And long days at work mean less time with my partner, the man who holds my life together while I’m busy at the office. So, in order to get time away from my laptop and time with the people I care about, I had to take a break from blogging.
Though I’d be lying if I played it like my insane schedule was the only thing keeping me from blogging. Those of you who have followed Style by Santina for a while have likely heard me complain about my eczema. And while acupuncture cured me almost entirely of it, a stressful few weeks resulted in a severe outbreak of eczema around my eyes. I wasn’t feeling my most photogenic, and it stuck around for weeks and weeks. Luckily, I’ve been able to get it under control by adopting a gluten-free diet.
So that explains my break. With that behind us, let me say that I cannot believe the year is coming to an end. It went by in a blink! The annual “year in review” posts are some of the most fun to put together. One of the things I love most about blogging is capturing the day-to-day moments, and these are my favorites. Did you see one of yours in the mix?
Lastly, I want to thank you all for coming back and checking in on Style by Santina. Despite not posting at all this month, I’ve felt connected thanks to interactions on Twitter and Instagram. I’m not sure what 2014 holds, but I do hope to get back to a regular posting schedule that works for me.
Happy New Year!