DIY Gel Manicure

posted on: February 2, 2016

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There are times (see: very often) that I feel like my life is falling apart. In the grand scheme of life, it’s not a totally horrible feeling. It pushes me, and in return, I push back.

One of my quick fixes is painting my nails. Freshly painted nails make me feel like I have my life together at the moment, and I can totally tackle the day. On the other hand (no pun intended, but is it even a pun?), I hate chipped nails. Since I can’t afford gel manicures on the reg, I’ve been on the hunt for long lasting nail polish/top coat/base coat. Basically, anything that will keep my nails from chipping.

Luckily, Laura had, hands down (#sorrynotsorry), the best solution! She uses a coat of gel base between each coat of color and then tops it with the fast dry top coat. When I’m feeling a little lazy, I use a coat of gel base, two coats of color, and the fast dry top coat. Either way, my manicure lasts for about a week (sometimes more)! It doesn’t really matter which color I use. Most of my polishes are Essie- I have a slight addiction. This at home “gel manicure” has been life changing. I get to save money, time, and feel put together. (Thank you, Laura!)

In conclusion: indestructible nails = indestructible me. That’s how that works, right?


Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Gelous Base Coat

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Polish

Unexpected Accents

posted on: February 1, 2016

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Happy Monday, friends! I hope it’s filled with coffee and naps and good vibes. Is it too early to already be looking forward to the weekend? It’s not like this week is awful, it’s just that weekends are so much better.


tee: T by Alexander Wang

skirt: Helmut Lang (similar here & here)

shoes: ASOS (similar here, here, here, & here)

Hooray for Friday 1.29.16

posted on: January 29, 2016

Desert view-1

Has anyone else felt like this week just dragged along? I’m not sure why, but it felt like it lasted for a month compared to the week before. Next week is bound to be even more hectic than this week.

High: Dinner with my friend, TJ, was perfect for catching up and relaxing.

Low: I’ve been so tired lately! I woke up too late to workout on Thursday, had enough caffeine to drop an elephant to make it through the day, and today I felt so sick when I woke up that I didn’t make it to my biochem class. (Sorry, Sev.)

Ethiopian coffee is like heaven in a cup.

Future home goals.

Also, couple goals.

Amy Schumer is the inner me.

I’m still searching for the perfect pair of lace up flats, but how cute are these?!

Christina redesigned her blog, and I’m in love. Funny enough, it’s the template I’ve been eyeing for a year now!

In case your were looking for affordable bedding, this comforter looks great.

Some of the best social media tips around.

This pretty dress is perfect for spring!

How to memorize anything(?)!


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